By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Kabataan partylist Rep. Sarah Jane Elago is batting for the creation of the National Filipino Youth Museum to recognize the historic and valuable contributions of the youth to nation-building.
The Makabayan lawmaker cited that the Filipino youth played key roles in the nation’s historic struggle for liberation, justice, peace, and prosperity.
“A national institution dedicated to the heritage, heroism, and martyrdom of the Filipino youth is yet to be established. The youth’s historic contributions to people’s struggles for freedom, rights, and equality should not go unvalued and unnoticed, leaving a gap in our collective memory as a nation,” Elago said.
She filed House Bill 9007 seeking the establishment of the National Filipino Youth Museum not just to honor the role and heroism of the youth in the liberation from foreign invasion and occupation against the Spanish, American, and Japanese, but also commemorate modern-day heroes, heroines and martyrs who struggled against injustice, oppression, and exploitation especially during martial law.
“Knowledge of the Filipino youth’s contributions to nation-building is crucial in developing people’s appreciation of history,” Elago said.
“A National Filipino Youth Museum is needed to commemorate the Filipino youth’s heroism and to profile the specific achievements that the youth–individually and collectively–have made in all aspects of Philippine society,” she said.
HB 9007 provides that the organization, operation, and administration of the Youth Museum shall follow the general and standard structures, management and operations established, mandated and practiced by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and other appropriate agencies.
It tasks the NCCA to formulate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed National Filipino Youth Museum Act of 2019.