Philippine Literature subject is no longer mandatory in college



College students could now escape the Filipino and Philippine Literature subject following the Supreme Court's decision declaring Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No.20 Series of 2013 valid.

The CMO No.20, the new General Education Curriculum (GEC) was reduced to a minimum of 36 units. Filipino and 'Paniktikan" (Philippine Literature) can now be excluded from the core subjects in tertiary education.


However, the Alyansa ng Mga tagapagtanggol ng Wikang Filipino (Tanggol Wika) strongly condemned the memorandum said the new curriculum violates Republic Act 7104 (Organic Act of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino/KWF/Commission on the Filipino Language), Republic Act No. 232 (Education Act of 1982), and Republic Act No. 7356 (Organic Act of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts/NCCA).

The Tanggol Wika group slammed the decision of the court and the group of more than 40 colleges and universities vowed to seek legal assistance to file on motion for reconsideration. 

The group also challenged CHED to refrain from the implementation of memorandum as it may lead to the dismissal to thousands of Filipino teachers.

The group has successfully secured a temporary restraining order for the implementation four years ago against the CMO No. 20. But, with the recent ruling, the TRO will now be lifted.

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