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November 17 eyed as National Students Day

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The House of Representatives, through viva voce voting, this week approved on second reading House Bill 6283 which seeks to declare November 17 of every year as National Students’ Day, in recognition to the contribution of student activism in Philippine democracy.

One of the authors of the bill, Congressman Celso Lobregat said that this legislation recognizes the value of inculcating love of country and social responsibility among the youth, and support the observance of International Students’ Day which was spearheaded by the International Students’ Council in 1941, to commemorate the execution of nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation.

 

“In accord with the observance of International Students’ Day and in recognition of the invaluable contribution of student activism to Philippine democracy for initiating efforts to foster leadership among Filipino students, November 17 of every year is hereby declared as National Students’ Day,” the bill states.

The bill provides that an annual program of activities for the observance of National Students’ Day shall be prepared and implemented, with the National Youth Commission (NYC) serving as the lead agency.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall support the NYC in all efforts to facilitate and promote related activities to all public and private schools.

All schools, colleges and universities are encouraged to extend their full support for exercises and activities launched by students during the observance of National Students’ Day.

“The bill’s passage is likewise in keeping with the avowed duty of the State to inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs,” said Lobregat.

Since it was first commemorated in London by the International Students’ Council in 1941, the tradition has been kept by various student organizations worldwide. “In the Philippines, the time has come for Congress to formally recognize the celebration of International Students’ Day as part of its commitment to legislate laws for the youth’s social, intellectual, and moral development,” said Lobregat.

Aside from Lobregat, Reps. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu), chairman of the committee on basic education and culture, and Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay), chairperson of the committee on higher and technical education, also sponsored the bill.(Dexter Yap/PR)




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