Lintao of AB, GS tapped as Resource Person in Lower House’s version Plain Language Bill

Prof. Rachelle B. Lintao, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of English and Program Lead of the Graduate School English Language Studies Cluster, served as a resource person for the Committee on Public Information Technical Working Group (TWG) in a series of meetings held  at the House of Representatives during the Second Regular Session of the 19th Congress in crafting the Plain Language Bill. The most recent meeting was held on February 13, 2024 and the previous one was on November 14, 2023. 

As a plain language advocate, Lintao was the lone academic who represented the University of Santo Tomas. She joined the heads of various government agencies as resource persons in providing inputs to the TWG headed by Congressman Dale B. Corvera (Agusan del Norte 2nd District).

Lintao suggested to the TWG that the definition of plain language provided under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) be adopted in the bill. She also raised the role of the higher education institutions (HEIs) in helping conduct training, seminars, and other capacity building activities for the offices and agencies covered by the act.

The TWG came up with the revised bill titled An Act Requiring Government Offices to Adopt Plain Language in All Communications to the Public to Enhance Citizen’s Access to Government Information and Services in substitution of House Bills Numbered 4902, 5418, 5465, and 9158. The short title of the bill is “Plain Language in Government Communications Act”.

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