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DepEd amends word in Panatang Makabayan
DepEd amends word in Panatang Makabayan
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DepEd amends word in Panatang Makabayan
by Mhillen Nicole Borja15 February 2023
Photo Courtesy: Vista Residences

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, Feb 14, issued an order amending the Panatang Makabayan.

Under the DepEd Order No. 004, certain terminology 'nagdarasal' was replaced by 'nananalangin'.

According to the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, the proposal was more 'well-written and sufficiently rationalized'.

Likewise, the Pambansang Samahan sa Linggwistika at Literaturang Filipino also agreed, noting that it is 'more inclusive, more solemn, and the choice for nananalangin is well thought of and extensively researched'.

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"With these consultations, Office of the Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching (OUCT) recommended that nananalangin be used instead of nagdarasal primarily because the nananalangin is inherent and integral in Filipino identities as it is rooted in Tagalog," it read.

The amended Panatang Makabagan is as follow:

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas,

aking lupang sinilangan

tahanan ng aking lahi;

kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang

maging malakas, masipag at marangal.

Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas,

diringgin ko ang payo

ng aking mga magalang,

susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan,

tutuparin ko ang tungkulin

ng mamamayang makabayan;

naglilingkod, nag-aaral, at nananalangin

nang buong katapatan.

Iaalay ko ang aking buhay,

pangarap, pagsisikap

sa bansang Pilipinas.

Panatang Makabayan is recited during the flag-raising ceremony, class, and as part of the daily school activity program in both public and private schools, including DepEd offices.

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