MANILA, Philippines – “Ay ri ka mako?” “Ay ri ka ibat?”
Residents of Zambales greet each other not with the usual “Kumusta ka?” (How are you?) but with these phrases translated as “Where are you going?” and “Where did you come from?”
Sambal, the local language of the province, and 6 other languages have been added to the K-to-12 curriculum under the Mother-Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual-Education (MTB-MLE), the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Friday, July 12.
The 6 other languages are:
- Ybanag – Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, and Isabela
- Ivatan – Batanes Group
- Aklanon – Aklan, Capiz
- Kinaray-a – Capiz, Aklan
- Yakan – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
- Surigaonon – Surigao City and provinces
DepEd already began using 12 languages last school year. These are:
The mother tongue will be used as medium of instruction from Kinder to Grade 3, except in teaching Filipino and English subjects.
Starting Grade 4, Filipino and English will become the languages for instruction. – Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler.com