Teach Bonifacio’s life and works, schools told

A WEEK before the 149th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, the founder of the Katipunan and leader of the 1989 revolution, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino called on Congress to pass House Bill No. 4353, which seeks to provide for the inclusion of a course on the life, works and ideals of Bonifacio in the collegiate curricula.

Palatino filed HB 4353 last March 8, 2011. However, the said bill has yet to be discussed at the committee level.

“Including a course on the life, works and ideals of Andres Bonifacio in the collegiate curricula will strengthen the values of nationalism and patriotism. Lessons on national independence, collective action, civic consciousness and patriotism will be inculcated among the students. These lessons will shape the character needed for personal, community and national development,” Palatino said in the explanatory note of the bill.

Palatino also delivered a privilege speech in the plenary today to encourage a “deeper” commemoration of Bonifacio’s birth anniversary.

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