By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Seeking to encourage the students to participate in the eradication of graft and corruption in government, partylist lawmakers have proposed that anti-corruption and governance education be included in the basic education curriculum.
Deputy Speaker and Citizens’ Battle against Corruption (CIBAC) partylist Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva cited the crucial role of the youth in stamping out corruption in the bureaucracy.
“By educating the youth on the evils of corruption, the problem of corruption in the government is minimized, if not eliminated,” he said.
Villanueva, along with CIBAC partylist Rep. Domingo Rivera, filed House Bill 581 (The proposed “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Information and Education Act).”
“This bill seeks to mandate the inclusion of anti-corruption materials in the basic education curriculum to emphasize the important role of the students in the fight against graft and corruption and in nation-building,” Villanueva said.
Rivera, for his part, laments that rampant corruption in various forms in the country— bribery, embezzlement, backdoor deals– “caused manipulative justice, flagging economy, grinding poverty among the people, and people’s mistrust on the government.”
“While many have tried to eradicate corruption by furthering the stringency of laws on governance and intensifying punishment, no significant improvement has been seen so far,” he said.
House Bill 581 provides the inclusion of anti-corruption education in the basic education curriculum to inform the students about the evils of corruption and encourage the students to participate in the eradication of graft and corruption.
“The anti-corruption education shall also provide the students with appropriate skills and knowledge on the steps that can be undertaken in case graft and corruption occurs; and inform the students of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in governance,” the bill said.
The CIBAC’s proposal tasks the Department of Education (DepEd), in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to issue the implementing rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the Act within 60 days from effectivity.
Under the bill, anti-corruption education materials shall be taught in a “positive manner to inspire and encourage the students to participate in the fight against graft and corruption and recognize their vital role in nation-building.”
The funding for the initial implementation of the proposed Act shall be sourced from the DepEd and thereafter, such amount necessary for the implementation of the Act shall be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The proposed “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Information and Education Act” has been referred to the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, chaired by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo.