Duterte signs law declaring Nov. 17 as National Students’ Day

Published August 14, 2019, 1:42 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte has signed the measure declaring November 17 every year as National Students’ Day to recognize the “invaluable contribution” of student activism to Philippine democracy.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the Republic Act 11033 'Converting the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology into a State University' and Republic Act 11032 or 'Ease of Doing Business Act' during the ceremonial enactment at Malacañan Palace on May 28, 2018. Joining the President are Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Based on Republic Act (RA) No. 11369, signed by Duterte on August 8, it will be the policy of the State to value the dignity of every person, and to guarantee full respect for human rights.

The State also recognizes the value of inculcating love of country and social responsibility among the youth, and supports the observance of International Students’ Day which was spearheaded by the International Students’ Council in 1941 to commemorate the execution of nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation.

“In accord with the observance of International Students’ Day and in recognition of the invaluable contribution of student activism to Philippine democracy for initiating efforts to foster leadership among Filipino students, November 17 of every year is hereby declared as National Students’ Day,” the new law states.

Duterte tasked the National Youth Commission (NYC) to prepare and implement an annual program of activities for the observance of National Students’ Day.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall support the NYC in all efforts to facilitate and promote related activities to all public and private schools.

All schools, colleges, and universities are encouraged to extend their full support for exercises and activities launched by students during the observance of National Students’ Day.

The law will take effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.