House approves Araw ng Pagbasa on 3rd reading

THE House of Representatives has approved on third reading the measure declaring every November 27 as “Araw ng Pagbasa” to promote reading
and literacy in the country.

House Bill 3877, authored by Reps. Jorge Banal (3rd District, Quezon City) and Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Aggabas (6th District, Pangasinan), declares Araw ng Pagbasa a regular working holiday to be celebrated in
all elementary and secondary schools in the country.

The approved measure also declares that in the event the holiday falls on a weekend, the holiday shall be observed on Friday of that week.

Banal said “Araw ng Pagbasa” aims to promote reading and literacy and motivate people to learn from the lives and works of eminent Filipinos.

“It will also help uphold Filipino heritage and values as well as generate awareness on cultures and philosophies,” Banal said.

Banal said November 27, which coincides with the birth anniversary of  Ninoy Aquino, an avid reader and accomplished journalist, will make reading a shared physical experience and more relevant amidst the
proliferation of online activities.

The measure also declares as State policy the importance of promoting reading as shared activity among the youth, families, educators and  the private sector, thereby emphasizing personal interaction and
facilitating exchanges of ideas throughout the country.

The bill mandates the Department of Education (DepEd), in consultation with the National Book Development Board and other government agencies and reading associations concerned, plan and implement the activities
for the observance of “Araw ng Pagbasa” such as story telling and reading skills modules.

The bill also provides for the use of regional languages in the celebration of the holiday in addition to Filipino and English.

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