Recordings and studies of the writing system of the indigenous peoples (IPs) are continuously being carried out by the Palawan Culture and Arts Program (PCAP) of the provincial government in a bid to establish data regarding their teaching knowledge
Mary Rose Caabay, PCAP administrative officer, said the school of living traditions (SLT) is in charge of helping conduct the study on the alphabets of the different IPs in the province, including their dialect and rituals.
“Sa bawat munisipyo, especially in Brooke’s Point, marami tayong SLT doon na patuloy na pinag-aaralan hindi lang ang mga alphabet na ito. Kahit ‘yong isang tourist destination natin like butterfly garden, ‘yong mga katutubong Pala’wan natin doon is definitely alam kung paano magsulat ng tinatawag natin na baybayin, which is the local alphabet that we have,” she said.
Caabay said that through their coordination with the national government, some individuals have been assigned to continuously look into the records of writings of the IPs.
She said that they did not set a timeline on when the provincial government will establish its data as works remain ongoing.
“Kahit sa artworks natin ngayon may mga naglalagay ng early alphabets natin . Definitely si provincial government ay hindi siya hihinto na kung hanggang dito lang ang term ni gov, hindi, patuloy ito kasi meron tayong coordination at collaboration hindi lang kay provincial government, local at the same time ay national government,” she said.
Meanwhile, Caabay is encouraging individuals who want to participate in the workshops of the Philippine Arts Festival-Luzon dubbed “Sikatugyaw Festival” this February.
She also said they can bring their own t-shirts and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) can use a silkscreen to print them with the “baybayin” characters.
“Magdala lang kayo ng t-shirt niyo, at may dala si NCCA na silkscreen and we actually printed out sa lahat ng t-shirts ng ating participants this baybayin. Para rin ‘yong mga bata ay matuto sila na we still have this at saka may mga calligraphy class tayo for them to learn about baybayin,” she said.
She said different workshops have been prepared to cover each day of the month in observance of the National Arts Month (NAM) 2020.