Language as tool for development?


This is a comment I posted in reaction to the column of Randy David, “Inclusiveness begins with language” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

“Napakababaw lang siguro ang pagkaintindi ko sa mga nangyayari sa ating bansa. Ilonggo ako, at Hiligaynon ang pang araw araw ko na salita. Pero nakaka intindi rin ako ng Pilipino at maka salita rin sa “national language”. Subalit hindi ko ma intindihan kung paano mag uumpisa ang isang pambansang salita sa pag palaganap ng kaunlaran. Kung sa palagay ni Mr. David ay nakakatulong ang pananalita ng Pangulong PNoy ng Pilipino, mas walang dahilan na gamitin niya ito para mapa siguro na ang benepisyo sa “economic growth” sa mas maging malapad at makarating sa lahat ng Filipino. If language is such an effective tool, why hasn’t the President used it to everybody’s advantage? Now I can understand better why the President does as he does. He uses language to lull the people into a false sense of well-being, so that the problems confronting our nation are kept to the background.”

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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