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LGU Marawi, partners favor enactment of teachers in malong

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--The institutionalization of a local law directing teachers from both public and private schools here to wear a garment called malong has garnered support and commendation from the city government and partner line agencies.

This, as City Schools Division Superintendent Anna Zenaida Unte-Alonto introduced in a public consultation Friday, February 11, the Project: Meranaw Ako Wednesday or the wearing of malong every Wednesday of the week to intensify the promotion of the Meranaw culture. 

“We do not want to solely talk about strengthening the value of malong. Everything goes along with it. We have observed that even kulintang and the things associated with our race as Meranaws are being forgotten so what we thought is for us to wear malong at least once a week,” she said.

With such lobbying, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Lanao del Sur Information Center Manager Apipa Bagumbaran conveyed her backing on the proposal and even lauded this initiative as she saw this as an effective strategy to preserve the Meranaw traditions and culture. 

She further recommended that the enactment be done encompassing everyone in the school community to fully live out the objectives of the proposal while benefiting other sectors as well.

“Baka pwede idagdag natin na iyong learners natin, iyong uniform nila lagyan ng something to promote culture like lagyan ng langkit. In that way, hindi lang tayo nagpopromote sa ating cultural identity but we are also helping the local economy at iyong weavers natin ay magkaroon ng livelihood,” said Bagumbaran.

[Maybe we can add our learners wherein their uniforms be designed with something to promote culture like put a langkit. In that way, we are not only promoting our cultural identity but we are also helping the local economy and our weavers will have a livelihood.]

Masbud Gaima II of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) was likewise optimistic in the passing of the wearing of malong among teachers, stressing that this is timely and relevant in the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG’s) dubbed Seal of Good Local Governance wherein areas including the culture, tourism, and arts are assessed for the recognition of exemplary governance. 

City Councilor Abdani Alonto, on the other hand, committed that he will help in passing the proposal as he also shared the same sentiment in the need to maintain the culture here. 

Accordingly, the Project: Meranaw Ako Wednesday is part of the six-point long-term agenda of Alonto which targets to promote the beauty of Meranaw culture by engaging every constituent in the project, and teaching and encouraging learners for an in-depth knowledge relevant to the said matter. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)

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