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PAZ M. BELVEZ

Kapisan ng mga Propesor sa Filipino (KAPFIL)

       Organized in 1960 by a group of professors in colleges and universities of Metro Manila, the KAPFIL (formerly KAPPIL) was then composed of a handful of college professors teaching Filipino. Presently KAPFIL has around a thousand members all over the country mainly professors, instructors  and teachers of Filipino. Its main objective is to help in the development of effective teaching strategies of the Filipino (Language and Literature). Among the regular annual activities of KAPFIL are the holding of seminars, workshops, conferences, symposia, and the publication occassionaly of its journal, the “TINIG ng KAPFIL”.

Samahan ng mga Edukador sa Filipino (SEDFIL)

       Organized in 1988 through the initiative of a group of professors at the Philippine Normal University who are teaching Filipino as a subject on teaching other subject areas using Filipino as medium of instruction. The core group of members then were PNU-based professors but presently the less than a thousand members are from the different regions of the country. Its main objectives are to help educators in the use of Filipino language as medium of instruction and to help in the development and promotion of Filipino.

Pandayan ng Literaturang Pilipino (PANDAYLIPI)

       Organized on March 12, 1977 by a group of professors at the Philippine College of Commerce (now Polytechnic University of the Philippines), PANDAYLIPI has a nationwide membership of teachers, instructors and professors teaching Filipino language and Literature. Its main objective is to help foster effective ways of teaching Filipino and appreciating Philippine literature.

Sangguanian sa Edukasyong Pangwika sa Pilipinas (Language Education of the Philippines (LEDCO)

       Organized as an umbrella organization of several language organizations in Filipino and English. Among its member organizations are KAPFIL, SEDFIL, PSLF, PASATAF, PSW, PANDAYLIPI, PSSP, PSPW UMPIL, RAP, PALT CETA. Its main objective is to coordinate the efforts, the activities and the missions of the various member organizations and to help foster effective teaching of both Filipino and English.

Pambansang Unyon ng Tagasalin (PUNTA)

       Organized in 1990 by the National Committee on Language and Translation (NCLT) under the Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) as Unyon ng mga Tagasalin sa Pilipinas ((UNTAP), it was later on changed to Pambansang Unyon ng Tagasalin (PUNTA). It has for its members practitioners and mentors in the art of translation. One of its objectives is not only to encourage practitioners in the art of translation but also to take necessary steps to professionalize the art of translation.

Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL)

       It was organized by a group of established writers (poets, fictionists), and has welcomed young writers as members. Among its primary objectives is to protect the intellectual property rights of its member writers.

Pambansang Samahan sa Wika (PSW)

       Organized in the early 80’s through the efforts of a group of professors from the University of the Philippines (UP). At present,  its members are instructors and professors all over the country. Among its primary objectives is to help in the development and propagation of Filipino and to develop effective strategies for teaching Filipino.

Sangunian ng Wika sa Pambansang Pagpapaunlad (SANGWIKA)

       Organized in 1980 by the Institute of National Language (INL), now Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL), the SANGWIKA members come from different government departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies. Majority of them are training officers, administrative officers, information officers, cultural officers, and other officials whose functions are related to or connected with language use in office transactions, communication, and correspondence. Among its primary objectives are to help in the implementation of laws, orders, memoranda, circulars, and other legal issuances pertaining to the use of the Filipino languages as official language, in general, and as medium of official transactions, communication, and correspondence in particular.

Kalipunan ng mga Kasapi–Kamaynilaan (KASAPI–MM)

       Organized in 1982 by the Institute of National Language (INL), now Commission on the Filipino Language (CFL), the KASAPI-MM is composed of representatives from the Seven (7) municipalities and 10 cities in Metro Manila who have undergone training on the Filipino language. Its main objectives are to help in the use of Filipino as official transactions, communication, and correspondence in their respective municipalities/cities. It also organizes the youth and provides them with training on the art of writing, encouraging them to actively participate and help in the propagation of the national language.

Pambansang Samahan ng mga Tagamasid/Tagapagtaguyod sa Filipino (PASATAF)

       Organized in 1957 by a group of National Language Supervisors together with some Bureau of Public Officials and representatives from the Institute of National Language, the primary objectives of PASATAFare: 1) to unify all P (F) ilipino Supervisors of the country with the aim of making language supervision and teaching more effective, in consonance with school policies, regulations, ang programs; and 2) to help in the development and propagation of the national language in coordination with other language institutions and organizations, government and non-government.

Kapatiran ng mga Kawal na Manunulat sa P(F)ilipino (KAKAMPI)

       Organized in 1980 by a small group of senior and junior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) connected with the Training Command (TRACOM) at Fort Bonifacio, Philippine Army. The initial members came from the Philippine Army and after three years membership included practically all branches of the AFP. The primary objective of KAKAMPI is to provide training to the members in the art of writing in Filipino, thus enhancing the use of the language in the AFP and upgrading the sense of nationalism among the military.

Pambansang Samahan sa Linggiwistikang Filipino (PSLF)

       Organized in 1970 through the initiative of Filipino Linguistics professor at the Philippine Normal College (now Philippine Normal University), P(F)ilipino Supervisors in the National Capital Region and representatives from the Institute of National Language, the primary objective of PSLF, aside from initiating and encouraging researches relevant to applied linguistics in Filipino, is to upgrade the professionalism of teachers/instructors/professors in the field of language education.

About the Author:
Paz M. Belvez is a retired Professor IV of the Philippine Normal University and has crafted curriculum for the same school and authored textbooks.