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_ National Commission on the Filipino Language


Mandate

Established by virtue of Republic Act. 7104 (August 14, 1991) as mandated in the Constitution of the Philippines, the Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL) is tasked to undertake, coordinate and promote researches for the development, propagation and preservation of Filipino and other Philippine languages.

Functions of the Commission

  • Formulate policies, plans and programs to ensure the further development, enrichment, propagation and preservation of Filipino and other Philippine languages;

  • Promulgate rules, regulations and guidelines to implement its policies, plans and programs;

  • Undertake or contract research and other studies to promote the evaluation, development, enrichment and eventual of Filipino and other Philippine languages. This will include the collation of works for possible incorporation into a multi-lingual dictionary of works and phrases from other languages now commonly used or included in the lingua franca;

  • Proposed guidelines and standards for linguistic forms and expressions in all official communications, publications, textbooks and other reading and teaching materials;

  • Encourage and promote, through the system of incentives, grants and awards, the writing and publication, in Filipino and other Philippine languages, of original works, including textbooks and reference materials in various discipline;

  • Create and maintain with in the Commission a Division of Translation which shall encourage through incentives undertake and vigorously support the translation into Filipino and other Philippine languages of important historical works and cultural traditions of ethnolinguistic groups, laws, resolutions and other legislative enactment's, executive issuance's, government policy statements and official documents, textbooks and reference materials in various disciplines and other foreign materials which it may deem necessary for education and other purposes;

  • Call on any development, bureau, office, agency or any instrumentality of Government or on any private entity, institution or organization for cooperation and assistance in the performance of its functions, duties and local levels;

  • Conduct at the national, regional and local levels, public hearings, conferences, seminars and other group discussions to identify and help resolve problems and issues involving the development, propagation and preservation of Filipino and other Philippine languages;

  • Formulate and adopt guidelines, standards and systems for monitoring and reporting on its performance at the national, regional and local levels; and submit to the Office of the President and to Congress an annual progress report on the implementation of its policies, plans and programs;

  • Perform such other activities which are necessary for the effectiveness exercise of the above mentioned powers, functions, duties and responsibilities.

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