UPDATE from Progress Report on Language Policy, Rights, and Multilingual Services (La Union, Philippines April 2013 by Firth McEachern)
An organization called Nakem Conferences—dedicated to the research, education, and dissemination of Northern Philippine languages—has created an online petition requesting Google to include Ilokano in their products and services. By adding Ilokano as one of the options in Google Search, users would be able to search the web using Ilokano, instead of just in English or Filipino/Tagalog.
The petition reads:
We are the Ilokano people, in the Philippines and in the diaspora.
Estimates put the number of speakers of our language at about 11 million in the Philippines alone, or more than 10 percent of the population of that country.
Historically, Ilokano (also known by its other names as Iluco, Iloco, Ilocano) is the language of the Philippine diaspora.
There are millions of peoples of the Philippines and outside the Philippines that use Ilokano as their second, or heritage language.
In Hawaii alone, the Ilokano and Ilokano-descended people comprise between 85 and 90 percent of the Philippine-American population, of that state.
With the return of Ilokano as a language in the MTB-MLE (Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education) policy of the Philippine government, it is now necessary to give access to Ilokano students to the wealth of information Google has. In the state of Hawaii, Ilokano is taught in the university and in some select public high schools as that state’s effort to perpetuate the heritage of the Ilokano immigrant community.
It is for this reason that we would like to request that you include Ilokano as a language of option at Google. Your giving us this public space will recognize the voice of millions of our people.Thank you so much. Agyamankami unay.
To sign the petition, visit:
From a report prepared by Firth M. McEachern | Consultant, Office of the Governor | Province of La Union | firstname.lastname@example.org