The CALABARZON Sub-Committee on Culture (SCC) spearheaded the conduct of the training-workshop on Baybayin in partnership with University of the Philippine Los Baños and Rotary Club Los Baños-Makiling on September 21 via Zoom. The workshop aimed to create awareness and improve the knowledge and skills of participants on the rules and process in writing Baybayin.

Baybayin is one of the ancient syllabaries in the Philippine archipelago with 3 vowels and 14 consonants. It is a pre-colonial writing script which has been a core part of our culture and heritage.

In 2020, the CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) passed Resolution No. IV-A-19-2020 informing all RDC members on the Revival on the use of Baybayin in the Region. The Council acknowledged the importance of Baybayin in promoting Filipino history, culture, heritage, and identity. To increase awareness of regional stakeholders on Baybayin, the training-workshop was conceptualized and conducted.

In his welcome message, Engr. Ladislao L. Andal, RDC IV-A Co-Chairperson, conveyed that “Baybayin is going to be a powerful instrument in sharing the wholeness of our story and the identity of our people”. He encouraged everyone to tell this story and promote Baybayin starting from using it in signages of their respective offices.

The participants of the training-workshop enjoyed the activity, particularly the exercises on writing Baybayin. Some of the participants even suggested additional training on how to read Baybayin scripts and standardization of Baybayin to adapt to the modern context. Ms. Imelda Carada of Laguna State Polytechnic University shared that her take away from the training are 4Ps – “Pagpapanatili, Pagpapanumbalik, Pagtangkilik at Pagpapatuloy ng Baybayin bilang yaman ng bansa”.

To end the activity, Dir. Luis G. Banua, RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA IV-A Regional Director, highlighted the importance of Baybayin by voicing that “Ang wika ay ang kaluluwa ng isang bansa at siyang nagbibigay buhay dito. Ang Baybayin ay isa sa ating mga pinakalumang wika kaya marapat na pagyamanin natin ito dahil ito ang pundasyon ng ating pagkakakilanlan bilang mga Pilipino at bilang isang bansa”.

A total of 83 participants from regional line agencies, state universities and colleges, local government units and the private sector joined the event.

Lovely S. Mores, NEDA Region IV-A | September 22, 2021