Sec. Briones boosts Wikang Filipino
By: Chinky May F. Paculanang |

"Ang dahilan sa paggamit ng wikang Filipino… ay upang mapalaganap ang karunungan sa mga kabataan.” These words were uttered by no less than the DepEd Secretary herself, Prof. Leonor M. Briones as she addressed before Dumaguete City Division Personnel as Guest Speaker during the culmination of the Buwan ng Wika held last August 24, 2016 at Dumaguete City High School Gymnasium, Dumaguete City.

Speaking before an audience of more than 800 people, comprised mainly of teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Division of Dumaguete City, she humbly expressed that, the presentations she had seen during the program – folk dances, songs and shadow play, are ”the most effective way of using the language because these are expressions of the heart.”

She also recognized the sacrifices as well as appreciated the dedication of the teachers. “Ang nanay ko ay guro at maraming doktor, abogado, inhinyero… pati na ang Presidente ay anak ng isang guro. Kaya naman karamihan sa mga anak ng guro ay ayaw magturo dahil nakikita nila ang hirap na dinaranas ng kani-kanilang mga magulang.” These words earned a sound applause and nods of agreement from the teachers.

It was one of the rare opportunities that a DepEd Secretary with officials from the Regional Office would together grace a culminating program which is done yearly by schools throughout the country as part of the calendar of activities issued by DepEd itself for the school year. With the Secretary, were NIR Director Dr. Gilbert A. Sadsad , Asst. Regional Director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez and other NIR personnel.

On the other hand, NIR Director, Dr. Gilbert A. Sadsad, , expressed that teachers should have more creative classroom activities for students and pupils as effective ways for them to learn and yearn more for knowledge. He also appreciated that he learned something from the presentations and although the medium was mostly in Sugbuanong Binisaya, he was able to understand through gestures, expressions and actions [of performers].

The program aptly called Kumsawitan (Kumbira, Sayaw, Awit at Dulaan) was indeed a celebration of Filipino culture. It showcased the talents of the Division Choir in their Sayawit presentation, Balitaw from Camanjac National High School, Doble Kara from Hermenigelda F. Gloria Memorial Elementary School, Manik-Aninong Dulaan from West City Science Elem. School and Regatones, a folk dance performed by Junob NHS. The pupils of Calindagan Elementary School also performed with their Inagta, a local folk dance originating from Siaton, Negros Oriental.

One of the anticipated part of the program was a number performed by all school heads of the Division of Dumaguete City. The performance portrayed the Filipino practices of harana, the courtship of Filipino men and women and the celebration of having a Pista afterwards.

The culmination ended with a Kumbira where schools prepared Filipino delicacies and dishes for everybody to enjoy.