May 21, 12:20 a.m.- UST HAS revived its Filipino department more than three decades after putting all languages under a single department.
The Filipino department was resurrected in time for the UST quadricentennial celebration next academic year. Faculty of Arts and Letters professor Imelda de Castro will serve as its head.
Department of Languages Chair Marilu Madrunio said the revived Department of Filipino will better cater to the needs of Filipino subjects, which her centralized unit could not address.
“There are many issues in the language department that the Filipino section is not part of. This reform will help them address their needs like financial assistance and Filipino language development in the University,” Madrunio said.
It was a sort of a
"merry-go-round" for the UST Filipino Department. After its merger with
other languages in 1979, the Department of Filipino was placed under
general education subjects.
Under the previous setup, Madrunio's Department of Languages supervises the English, Filipino, and Spanish units. The three language agencies shared the same budget under one department.
The Filipino department is the second department to be revived under the vertical articulation project of the University, where departments are created to focus on a specific subject matter. Last year, the Department of History was revived with Augusto de Viana as head. Darenn G. Rodriguez
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