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    Foreign language for Filipinos pushed

    A Philippine lawmaker on Friday called on the House committees on Basic Education and Culture and Technical and Higher Education to explore the teaching of foreign language and culture as alternative academic and enrichment programs for the country's out-of-school youth.
    In filing House Resolution 937, Rep. Winston Castelo of Quezon City said no less than the Technical and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), in its recent report, recognized that translators are now in demand here and abroad and that numerous jobs such as translators, interpreters and call center agents are available to graduates of foreign language and culture.
    "TESDA director-general Joel Villanueva has said that foreign language translation is fast emerging to be the next hot job," said Castelo.
    Villanueva said a tech-vocational graduate proficient at the language and culture of his foreign employer can easily communicate and relate to their needs
    Castelo said the ability to speak another language is an advantage in the global market and the Filipino youth will be meaningfully empowered by equipping them with the necessary language skills.
    "Studies have shown that Filipinos possess a unique aptitude for language acquisition and this ability can be put to a lot of good use," he said.
    Moreover, he said his proposal complements the declared policy of the State to recognize the vital role of the youth in nation building, and promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being.
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