Bataan First District Representative Geraldine B. Roman recently filed House Bill 7245 or the “Mandatory Constitutional Education Act of 2020.” “Ang pag-aaral ng Saligang Batas ay mahalaga sapagkat ang bawat henerasyon ay kailangang malaman hindi lamang ang mga karapatan at pribilehiyo na ipinagkaloob ng Konstitusyon kundi pati na rin ang mga obligasyon ng mga mamamayan nito,” Congresswoman Roman said thru her Facebook Page post. HB 7245 is a bill integrating the teaching of the 1987 Philippine Constitution in the Secondary Education Curriculum of all public and private educational institutions. Under House Bill 7245, the Department of Education in collaboration with the Philippine Supreme Court, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and the legal academe, will develop the Constitutional Education Course or Program (CECP) that will be integrated in the secondary education curriculum in all public and private educational institutions and taught at the Grade 10 level. In this regard, Rep. Roman added, the Supreme Court and the IBP will collaborately encourage lawyers to participate pro bono in teaching or conducting the CECP. “Article 14, Section 3 Paragraph 1 (of the Philippine Constitution) mandates that we include the teaching of the Constitution in our educational institution’s curricula. Moreover, Article 14, Section 3 Paragraph 2 also states that educational institutions should inculcate patriotism and nationalism. For this to happen, we need an enabling law. This is exactly the reason why I filed this Bill,” Congresswoman Roman further explained.
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