From my favorite peripatetic MTB-MLE warrior, Dr. Aurelio S. Agcaoili, who fundamentally nurtured NAKEM into what it is today, and currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Ilokano Language and Literature Program under the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, University of Hawaii at Manoa, comes the following invitation to the upcoming NAKEM International Conference on Dec. 5-7, 2012. For particulars, please contact: Aurelio S. Agcaoili at firstname.lastname@example.org, Bonifacio V. Ramos at email@example.com, or Alegria Tan Visaya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are not aware of a disconnect between NAKEM and GUMIL (and by extension, the staff of BANNAWAG), I would like to encourage a close working relationship between the two, especially insofar as becoming an active partner with the Department of Education’s efforts to implement MTB-MLE (Deped Order No. 74, s. 2009, Deped Order No. 31, s. 2012) by proactively seeing to it that there’s an abundance of professionally written learning materials in Ilokano — this to perpetuate the prominence of “NAKEM” in the national dialog, perhaps an enduring byword in our lexicon, and make it an even more relevant force to reckon with in Ilocandia and all the far reaches of Amianan. We just happen to believe that we need this joint effort for the overall good.