Tagalog to be used in San Francisco city communications

Posted at 04/04/14 2:22 PM

REDWOOD CITY, California – San Francisco city officials announced yesterday that Tagalog has been certified as a third language to be used in communicating essential service in the city.

City departments who communicate with the public must now include Tagalog in translated materials, interpreters at public meetings, and other services.

According to Mayor Ed Lee’s office, the city determined that 10,000 San Francisco residents who have limited English proficiency speak Tagalog — reaching the threshold that requires translation under the city’s language access ordinance.

The new requirements for Tagalog will take affect over 18 months beginning on July 1.