Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the De La Salle University (DLSU) has created a mobile electronic dictionary (e-dictionary) to help save the country’s dying languages.
According to DOST, there are 187 Philippine languages, but only 183 are living, while the other four are already extinct.
Of the living languages, 175 are Indigenous, while eight are non-Indigenous. Some 13 languages are endangered and 11 are dying.
Led by Dr. Rochelle Irene Lucas of DLSU, the research on Language Preservation and Documentation of Hanunuo was a response to a call of then Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro in 2016 to adopt an Indigenous language to help preserve endangered or in state of dying languages.
Lucas said there are still 13,000 remaining speakers of Hanunuo-Mangyan, one of the languages of the Mangyan population found in Mindoro.
The Mangyan comprises of eight tribes: Alangan, Bangon, Buhid, Hanunuo, Iraya, Ratagnon, Tadyawan, and Tawbuid.
Read more: Manilla Bulletin