The Department of Education (DepEd) joins the country in celebrating the Month of the National Language (Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa) this August which gives special focus on the promotion of the national language and environmental protection.
DepEd is closely coordinating with the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino to celebrate the Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa in August, per P.D. 1041, series of 1997, as declared by Former President Fidel Ramos. This year’s theme is, “Sa Pangangalaga sa Wika at Kalikasan, Wagas na Pagmamahal Talagang Kailangan.”
The theme highlights two very important concerns of the times, the flourishing of a national language and increasing awareness on environmental issues.
DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro FSC said that celebrating the Buwan ng Wika yearly unites the country as one unique race, saying, “our national language defines us as a nation.”
Several sub-themes are lined-up for the month-long celebration of the national language. On August 1-7, the celebration will be guided by the topic, “Wika’y Kailangan sa Pandaigdigang Impormasyon sa Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan”.
On August 8-14, it will be “Wika’y Instrumento sa Pagpapalaganap ng Kamalayan sa Pagbabago ng Kalikasan”.
“Wika’y Mabisang Susi sa Edukasyong Pangkalikasan” will be the topic on August 15-21 while “Ang Pagpapahalaga sa Wika at Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan ay Pagmamahal sa Inang Bayan” will be on August 22-28.
On August 29-30, the sub-theme will be “Wika’t Kalikasan Mahalin at Pangalagaan, Biyaya ng Poong Maykapal sa Bayan”.
DepEd Secretary Luistro encourages the active participation of everyone in this national undertaking.
The celebration will include specific activities that will display love for the national language and for the environment. Among these activities are seminar-workshop to tackle urgent environmental issues using the national language; dialogues between schools and local government units, art/poster-making contests which focus on the protection of the environment, forum and coordination with DENR officials on their environmental protection programs, and film showing about climate change.
Students may also participate in plays that show the relationship between man and nature, and debate on the effects of industrialization on the environment using Filipino as medium. Moreover, teachers will be expected to discuss in class the importance of the Filipino language in understanding climate change.