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In photo: “Kapihang Wika” of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) was led by (from left to right) Roy Cagalingan, Michael Coroza, Purificacion Delima and John Enrico Torralba  at the Malacañang Complex, Manila. (Jolau Ocampo)

By. Jolau Ocampo

THE SPREAD of ethnic vocabulary can strengthen nationwide awareness regarding safety and nature, said Purificacion Delima, Ilocano commissioner of Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), at the Kapihang Wika, Sept. 30.

Delima emphasized that Filipinos can have a deeper understanding about environmental problems like climate change if researches and collections of terms are rooted from ethnic groups.

Napakagandang layunin na sila (mga katutubo) mismo ang panggagalingan ng mga pamamaraan [at] konsepto sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan,” she said.

The aim of the agency’s new advocacy is to unite Filipinos in taking care of the environment and enrich discourses about nature.

KWF mentioned a recently-launched book titled, “Gabay sa Weder Forkasting” which was a compilation of weather forecasting terms in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

Its primary goal is to serve as a guide for reporters and broadcasters in cover weather-related stories.

Along with the campaign to preserve and enrich ethnic traditions, the commission is organizing a conference, “Pambansang Summit sa Wika ng Kalikasan at Kaligtasan.”

The event will cover presentations of different ecological concepts and terms that will be joined by 200 representatives of various ethnic groups.

Ang summit po ay inaasahang magbibigay sa ating mga katutubong pangkat ng isang magandang ugnayan at kamalayan sa pag-aalaga ng kalikasan at istandardisasiyon ng mga wikang katutubo,” Delima said.

The summit is scheduled this coming October 26-28 at Philippines High School for the Arts in Los Banos, Laguna.

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