February 17, 2012 DO 16, s. 2012 – Guidelines on the Implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based- Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

February 17, 2012
DO 16, s. 2012
Guidelines on the Implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based- Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)

To: Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents

  1. Starting School Year (SY) 2012-2013, the Mother Tongue-Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) shall be implemented in all public schools, specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2 and 3 as part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program. The MTB-MLE shall support the goal of “Every Child-A-Reader and A-Writer by Grade 1.”
  2. The Lingua Franca Project (1999-2001) and the Lubuagan Project (1999 to present) have provided valuable inputs in the implementation of the MTB-MLE. Nine hundred twenty-one (921) schools including those for children of indigenous people have been modeling MTB-MLE with support from the following:
    a. Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao (BEAM);
    b. Third Elementary Education Program (TEEP);
    c. Translators Association of the Philippines (TAP);
    d. Save the Children, and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL).
  3. Eight (8) major languages or Lingua Franca and others as cited below shall be offered as a learning area and utilized as language of instruction for SY 2012-2013:
    a. Tagalog;                 g. Hiligaynon;
    b. Kapampangan;        h. Waray;
    c. Pangasinense;        i. Tausug;
    d. Iloko;                      j. Maguindanaoan;
    e. Bikol;                     k. Maranao; and
    f. Cebuano;                 l. Chabacano
  4. Likewise, a team of trainers for each region composed of education supervisors coming from the different divisions has been organized.
  5. Enclosed are the guidelines on the nationwide implementation of the MTB-MLE for the K to 12 Program.
  6. For more information, all concerned may contact:
    Dr. Rosalina J. Villaneza
    DepEd Central Office
    DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
    Telephone No.: (02) 633-7202
    E-mail Address: roseville62@yahoo.com
  7. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.

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