ANGELES CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- The city government of Angeles is set to use the Kapampangan language in council sessions.
Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. shared that the initiative is to enforce Ordinance No. 424 series of 2017 seeking to establish Kapampangan as an official language of the city.
"I am humbly urging our Sangguniang Panglunsod to hold a session at least once a month using purely Kapampangan. I believe that the City Council is one with us in preserving our culture, especially in revitalizing our Amanung Sisuan," he explained.
The ordinance also involves institutionalizing the use of the language in all sectors, alongside existing national and official languages.
Moreover, Lazatin said that the proposal aims to promote the Kapampangan language throughout Angeles City and preserve and nurture its culture and heritage.
"We are doing this to show our commitment and raise awareness in preserving the Kapampangan language. We are doing this for our next generation. We want to avoid our culture's demise, that is why we're taking the necessary steps to make sure this does not happen," he pointed.
He added that that ordinance will reinforce the use of Kapampangan language especially within City Hall offices and departments.
On the other hand, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting expressed her full support in the initiative.
"Let us convey this to all the members of the City Council. I believe that the council will support this good vision in promoting the Kapampangan language in our city," she stated.
Through Ordinance No. 424, the Angeles City Council pledged to preserve, revitalize, safeguard, promote, and develop Kapampangan, as the indigenous language of the city.
Kapampangan was declared as a dying language as early as 2007, as less and less people use the language. For Kapampangan families, the language is not being passed on, as the younger generation is brought up speaking other languages such as the Tagalog. (CLJD/JLDC-PIA 3)