A NEW Chavacano dictionary is under development as part of the local government’s efforts to preserve and promote the Chavacano dialect.

Dr. Jose Genaro Yap-Aizon, special assistant to the city mayor and assistant city administrator, said a two-volume dictionary is currently in the validation and editing stage, and is expected to be completed sometime at the end of the year or early 2018.

Aizon said the dictionary comes in the heels of the Chavacano Orthography, a comprehensive reference material for Chavacano spelling and grammar produced by the local government.

He explained that producing a dictionary takes time, rigorous research, and revisions, which is why developing the Chavacano dictionary has so far taken up to two years in the making.