(By Ermin Garcia, Sunday Punch)
The directive of Governor Spines requiring provincial government employees to promote the Pangasinan dialect by speaking it when transacting business is certainly a welcome move.
But perhaps just as he banned the obnoxious dances during official programs in the province, he should issue a directive to all government employees to help banish the word “pangalatok”, a derisive word to describe a Pangasinense, for good!
For better effect, perhaps an official slogan that says: “Pangasinan ak, Pangasinan tayo, Galaw tila” will underscore the appropriate use and application of the word.
Those among us who take pride in being Pangasinenses should begin to take conscious effort to correct this wrong notion about how we should be called.Pangasinan or Pangasinense, nothing else.