flyingflagThis chronicles the Multilingual Education (MLE) initiatives pursuant to Section 7, Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution on the use of the regional languages as medium of instruction in the regions, and DepEd Order No. 74 s. 2009 which directs the use of the mother tongue (referred to in the literature as L1) as medium of instruction (MOI) from pre-school to Grade 3.

This site serves as the resource center for all the various MLE initiatives of all the local languages participating in the MLE program, in addition to facilitating the incubation of MLE concepts. It also features international developments and perspectives on mother tongue-based multilingual education.

— Joe Padre
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  1. I’m a former college math instuctor and now working as a translator of english materials into bikol. Naturally, I’m excited with this new mother tongue policy of Deped. Reports I read says that there are already 100-200 schools implementing this program. I would just like to know which particular schools in Bicol (or Albay specifically) are actually piloting MLE. Thanks.

    • I live out here in Anaheim, CA, and I honestly don’t have any first-hand local information on the regional implementation of DepEd Order No. 74 s. 2009 or other developments except the following I picked up from the Internet:

      Dr. Celedonio L. Layon
      DepEd Region V Office, Rawis, Legaspi City
      Position: Director IV
      T: 052-4820046
      F: 052-8208404; 052-8302058

      If you find something, please let me know so I can publish it right here. Thanks.

  2. beacon academy is a secondary school in binan, laguna. As part of a community and service project, we initiated the creation of early readers by our students. These little books are written in filipino and then translated into various filipino languages. We have made them available online so that schools that need early literacy books can download them and print them. We also ask teachers to translate them into their various mother tongues. We will continue uploading titles and translations as they come in. Access the site at
    best way to get in is:

    a. Go to Beacon Academy Mail – mail.beaconacademy.ph
    b. Username – guest
    c. Password – beaconacademy
    d. Go to “SITES”
    e. Click EARLY READERS

    Many thanks.

  3. Sir Joe, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has recently published the Cebuano, Iloko, and Tagalog editions of the 2-volume Bible Encyclopedia “insight on the Scriptures” originally published in English in 1988. This work contains thousands of articles dealing not just with Biblical topics but also historical, geographical, ans scientific subjects related to the Bible. Could be of great assistance to MLE teachers struggling with proper vernacular equivalents of English technical terms. The Watchtower Society publishes literature in more than 500 languages. Official website: http://www.watchtower.org

  4. Hi! I’m searching for resources on MTB-MLE and I stumble by your website. Are there published impact evaluation studies on MTB-MLE in the Philippines, or elsewhere? I’m really interested in doing a study on MTB-MLE but would not like to duplicate something already out there.

  5. Sir good evening! I just want to ask if you have k-12 guide for English? I think you mentioned all the curriculum except English. I really needed it sir. Thank you. I appreciate if you post it here or send me a link.

  6. Can I simply just say what a relief to uncover somebody that really understands what they are discussing on the net. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people should check this out and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular because you surely have the gift. pemutih kulit alamai

  7. Hello! I came across this page recently and am sad that the updates have been discontinued after Joe Padre’s passing. His loss is deeply felt in the MTB-MLE field in the Philippines. Is there a way to continue this project (and website)? I would love to help!

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