Relevance of P’sinan Studies cited

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LINGAYEN –The second installment of its lecture series of the Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS) on February 27 held at the Sison Auditorium cited the relevance of Pangasinan Studies in the locale, national and international setting.

The CPS lecture “Pangasinan Studies: The Locale, National and the Global” by Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Commissioner Ma. Crisanta Nelmida-Flores was attended by educators who specialize in research and community development and students from higher education institutions, elementary and secondary schools and employees from the provincial government.

Addressing the participants on behalf of Gov. Amado Espino III, Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba cited the CPS for steering the research work on Pangasinan to help in the efforts to attain the development thrusts set by the provincial administration.

Camba said the CPS inaugural lecture in July 2016 which had Commission of Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero De Vera, former University of the Philippines (UP) Vice President for Public Affairs, as the resource speaker was a good opportunity for Pangasinenses to connect with the current issue: “Challenges and Opportunities of a Federal Philippines.”

CPS Director Perla E. Legazpi said “Pangasinan Studies connects people on the set-up in the locale, national as well as to the world and global setting,” she added.

Dr. Flores, a UP professor, lauded the provincial government for continuing the extensive promotion and preservation of the Pangasinan language which was undertaken under the administration of former Pangasinan governor and now 5th district Representative Amado I. Espino Jr.

She noted the intervention activities initiated by the provincial leadership that include institutionalizing Pangasinan Hymn, enrichment of Pangasinan Orthography and the launching of literary contest in Pangasinan language ‘Kurit Panlunggaring’ as monumental efforts to protect the Pangasinan language from the threat of oblivion.

Citing all these intervention strategies, she denied speculations that Pangasinan language is dying to note the fact that there are still over a million Pangasinenses who speak the dialect.