House committee seeks to make Baybayin as national writing system

The House Commitee on Basic Education and Culture has passed a bill soliciting to declare Baybayin, a pre-Hispanic writing system used in the Philippines, as the country’s national writing system.

House Bill 1022 or the proposed “National Writing System Act” proposes to declare Baybayin as the Philippines’ national writing system, thus raising greater awareness on the plight of Baybayin, as well as fostering a broader recognition for it.

The bill got the support of the Department of Education (DepEd), the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the advocacy group Baybayin, Buhayin.

Once passed into law, HB 1022 shall require all manufacturers of locally produced processed food products to write Baybayin scripts and their interpretation on the packages and labels.

All local government units (LGUs) will also be required to add the appropriate Baybayin in their signage for street names, public facilities, public buildings, and other necessary signage for other public service institutions like hospitals, fire and police stations, community centers and government halls.

Newspaper and magazine publishers, likewise, will be expected to include a Baybayin translation of their name in Baybayin.

News source: ABS CBN News