CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Angeles University Foundation professor Vilma Tacbad was appointed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as one of the 11 part-time commissioners to the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF or Commission on the Filipino Language).

Tacbad, who took her oath of office before Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio, was chair of the AUF’s Filipino Department for 10 years and is currently teaching in the said university for 17 years now.

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Tacbad will replace Professor Romeo Dizon, whose term expired last January 6.

Tacbad, in an interview, said she will be Kapampangan’s representative to the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. She will join other part-time commissioners who represent some of the 11 major languages in the country.

“My term is for two years. I hope to make a head start as soon as my orientation is done,” Tacbad said, stressing that the KWF plays a crucial role in the development of language in the country.

KWF was first established in accord with the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines and was created on Nov 13 1936 by Commonwealth Act 184 as the Surian ng Wikang Pambansa.

The Surian ng Wikang Pambansa became the "Linangan ng mga Wika sa Pilipinas" in 1987 by virtue of Executive Order 117. The "Linangan" was transformed into the "Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino" in August 1991 through Republic Act 7104 and the law was implemented on March 20 1992.

Tacbad said the organization has contributed to the development of the national language, literature and literary criticism in Filipino through the publication of critical works, the giving of annual awards in poetry and essay, and the holding of forums, symposia, and seminars.