Strengthening Linguistic Ties through Regional Seminar on Official Correspondence – Region VII

A resounding success marked the recently concluded Regional Assembly for Official Correspondence in the province of Bohol on November 22-23, 2024. Spearheaded by Dr. Lita A. Bacalla, Director of the Sentro ng Wika at Kultura (Center for Language and Culture) at Cebu Normal University, the event brought together educators Elvin Ruiz and Carreon Joy Derasin in collaboration with the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language). Notable figures such as Dr. Sheilee Vega, G. Jomar Caňega, Rene Roy Cagalingan, and G. Sir John Torralba imparted invaluable knowledge and information during the seminar. This initiative received support from Bohol Governor Erico Aristotle Aumentado and garnered endorsement from the Chairman of the Commission on the Filipino Language, Dr. Arthur P. Casanova.

The participation extended beyond the academic realm, as representatives from LGUs including Sugbo Minglanilla, Naga, and Bohol’s local governments from Valencia, Anda, Tagbilaran, Getafe, alongside personnel from the Bohol Provincial Capitol actively engaged in the proceedings. Dr. Hope Yu, Commissioner for the Cebuano Language, and Dr. Daniel Ariaso Sr., the esteemed leader of Cebu Normal University, also conveyed their messages of support and encouragement.

The collaborative efforts showcased the commitment to enhancing linguistic correspondence and fostering a deeper understanding of language intricacies crucial in official communication. With the invaluable insights shared by experts in the field, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of effective linguistic practices within official contexts. The seminar served as a platform to exchange innovative ideas, strategies, and best practices in language use for official communication, aiming to elevate standards across administrative domains.

The involvement of various stakeholders, including educational institutions, government bodies, and language authorities, emphasized the collective determination to uphold linguistic excellence and effective correspondence. Furthermore, the support and endorsement from esteemed leaders signify the significance of such initiatives in advancing linguistic harmony and efficiency in official communications.

This collaborative effort symbolizes a pivotal step towards harmonizing linguistic practices, paving the way for more effective and culturally sensitive official correspondences. As the participants depart, armed with newfound knowledge and enriched perspectives, the ripple effect of this regional seminar is anticipated to resonate positively in the realms of administrative communication, fostering enhanced linguistic connections and proficiency.

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