Party-list lawmaker pushes good governance subjects in elementary, secondary schools



MANILA, Philippines—Kabataan party-list Representative Raymond Palatino is proposing that the anti-corruption crusade be integrated in the elementary and high school curriculum.

Palatino filed House Bill 5417, or the Good Governance Education Act of 2011, mandating the Department of Education to include good governance topics in the social science subjects.

This means that elementary and high school students would have to brush up on the anti-corruption laws such as  Article XI of the 1987 Philippine Constitution accountability of public officers, Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Palatino said teaching students good governance, ethics and accountability would inculcate the value of having a “moral leader.”

“Even at an early age, our youth should be empowered to engage their leaders and contribute to social development. Educating our children on the ideals of public service will encourage them to get involved in bettering public and civic affairs,” Palatino said.

Palatino hopes that the measure would establish a broad base of model citizens and public servants armed with “the ideals of patriotism, justice, responsibility and integrity, are accountable to and are in service of the Filipino people.”

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  • Anonymous

    this is a good subject to be teached to the next generations… if we are to ensure that our culture as Filipino will not withered through time. Remove all the imperfections of our present culture and teach our young generation to be responsible and more respectful to their courtrymen and most especially to themselves.

  • Anonymous

    I LIKE THIS ONE.  In around two generations, corruption will be a deeply social, Philippine stigma on any person.

  • Anonymous

    What a commendable proposal from the Kabataan Party List!

    Its high time that our youth at least learn at the very young age that being in a position calls for an accoutability and fairness.

    Lets support this proposal.

  • Anonymous

    This is a brilliant proposal! Our lawmakers should be making more laws of this kind, not trashes just like the anti-planking bill! 

  • calvin schiraldi

    Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for
    Public Officials and Employees and RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt
    Practices Act.

    This should be also taught in the college wherever FG Arroyo et all and their classmates studied!

  • Anonymous

    Kung ano ang nakikita ng mga bata sa mga matatanda ay yun din ang gagawin nila. Tell that to Peenoy and Dilima.

    • Anonymous

      Probably you just woke up from a deep slumber. The Phil. was on top of the list of the most corrupt countries in the world under Gloria’s watch. She is in the league of Marcos in terms of the magnitude of corruption she was involved in. And now you say P-Noy as model of corruption without mentioning even one specific case. Hah!

  • Guest

    cong palatino hinay hinay lang at
    punong puno na
    curriculum ng public schools

    kaya ata nabobobo na ang mga bata
    kahit may kakayahan

    noong bata kami
    kasama yan sa
    good manners and right conduct
    unang una sa umaga
    kaya tagos sa utak namin

  • Anonymous

    It is about time. What prevails today is desire for more money and power and no longer what is ethical, moral and proper. Over the years, focus of our education is on the 3 Rs with GMRC de-emphasized and the effect is that we have more people without the moral and ethical foundation for good citizenship.

  • Anonymous

    ayos to!! usually di ako bilib sa partylist na to kasi nga parang mouthpiece ni Joma Sison. hehe

  • Anonymous

    My hats off to this honorable Congressman! If this becomes a law, it would be the best bill to come out of the legislative mill in a long, long time. I like this for my grandkids and all Filipino children with the hope that our educational system will rear citizens with a real sense of right and wrong.  

  • Dan

    There is only one problem there. Children does not understand accountability in their tender age. Some even graduated high school without even able to speak/understand english (look at Sen Lito Lapid) and now you are teaching them accountability. This is why you cannot prosecute them like adults when they commit a crime, because they don’t understand accountability.

    Don’t bark at the wrong tree.

    At their tender age, they look up at their parents as their idol. Why corruption will always be in our society? How many times you see a parent that get around the rule (even small) and brag it to their children? This is why children of corrupt official becomes corrupt also when in power. We should not vote children of corrupt officials in future elections!

    • Anonymous

      We may not have the kind of parents you are talking about if they, in their own childhood were taught good governance. So yes, the congressman is barking at the right tree.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thumbs up to this proposal. Studies on rate of learning reveal that it is during the early childhood stages that learning process is at its fastest. The older you are, the slower the rate of your learning becomes. For a tot, for example, a lesson on accountability or responsibility could touch on putting toys properly back in the cupboard when the child is done playing with them. Leadership could start in grade one. Lessons would advance as the learner progresses through each year level, until he reaches high school when he could readily tackle more complicated lessons in good governance. We shouldn’t underestimate our children’s capacity to learn. Of course a thorough preparation is still needed before this proposal can be implemented. Nice job, Rep Raymond Palatino!

  • Anonymous

    Not a bad idea…how i wish we have had this before. – gloria arroyo

  • Anonymous

    A very good idea. Also, teach children/youth that integrity, honesty, intellect and vision are what they should look for in candidates for public office rather than mere popularity. They must learn to vote smartly.

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