Fight against graft, corruption to be taught in schools

SUBJECTS on eradication of graft and corruption will soon be taught in schools under the proposed Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Information and Education Act of 2012.

CIBAC Party-list Reps. Sherwin Tugna and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales filed House Bill 6609 in a bid to educate citizenry on the various process and procedures in government and of transactions occurring in the private sector to prevent graft and corruption.

“Education is an effective tool in our fight against graft and corruption in the public and private sectors of the society,” Tugna said.

Tugna said people’s trust in the system can be regained if they take part in the fight against graft and corruption and in order that people participate, it is necessary that they be informed and educated.

“Graft and corruption weakens our democracy and the integrity of our various institutions, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, prevents the proper delivery of basic services to the people, increases inequality and injustice and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish,” Tugna said.

Cruz-Gonzales said the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) adopted Article II, Chapter 5 to address globally the problem of graft and corruption providing a clear message that the international community is determined to prevent and control corruption.

“The UNCAC requires all State to develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that will promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability,” Cruz-Gonzales said.

Under the measure, all primary and secondary schools in the country shall be required to include in their curriculum the teaching and inculcating the need of every person to fight the evils of graft and corruption in the society.

“Students at an early stage would be informed of the need of every person to participate in the eradication of graft and corruption in the society, of the various process and procedures in government and of transactions occurring in the private sector, of the steps that can be undertaken in case graft and corruption occurs, and of the right and responsibilities of citizens in governance,” Cruz-Gonzales said.

Cruz-Gonzales said the Department of Education (DepEd) shall be guided by the principle that the information to be disseminated shall be given or taught in a positive manner in such a way that the students will be inspired and encouraged to participate in the fight against graft and corruption.

“The DepEd must instill to every person the role in the achievement of a better nation as well as the appropriateness of the information given to the capacity of the students to understand and appreciate ideas and lesson depending on their grade levels,” Cruz-Gonzales said.

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