La Union is in the Heart: Firth’s Response

Firth McEachern

Hi Joe,

Yes, your suggestions all align with our intentions. The ordinance will be multisectoral, and will hopefully follow the Catalan example closely. As you pointed out, education is one of many sectors that must be addressed, at a serious policy level, to reverse language decline.

The Technical Working Group will be having its first meeting with the Provincial Board committees of Education, Laws, and Tourism/Information later this month, and then will be having many more committee meetings to invite the various sectors affected by the media to discuss the provisions for the proposed ordinance, how it may be implemented, hear feedback on the feasibility of complying to certain provisions, and making revisions. Hopefully it will not be too watered down. If and when it is passed, the next question is: will it be enforced or will it join a graveyard of many legislations?

Cheers,

Firth

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