Life of Andres Bonifacio to be taught in college

A photo engraving of Andres Bonifacio, founder...Image via WikipediaA lawmaker has filed a bill urging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to include in its curriculum a subject on the life and struggles of Andres Bonifacio, the supreme leader of the Katipunan.

Rep. Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) said House Bill 4353 will strengthen the values of nationalism and patriotism among the students with the inclusion in college curriculum of a course on Andres Bonifacio’s life, works and ideals. 

"Andres Bonifacio, a nationalist and revolutionary, is considered a national hero alongside with Jose Rizal," Palatino said.

Palatino said Bonifacio is the supreme leader of the Kataas-taasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan, a revolutionary movement that sought the independence of the country from the Spanish colonial rule through armed struggle.

"Lessons on national independence, collective action, civic consciousness and patriotism will be inculcated among the students if a course on the life of our heroes should be included in the collegiate curricula. These lessons will shape the character needed for personal, community and national development," Palatino said.

Palatino said under the Constitution, the State is compelled to provide an educational system that lays emphasis on the love of country, the lives and achievements of its heroes and martyrs and the forces that make its history unique.

"The government should inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking, broaden scientific and technological knowledge and promote vocational efficiency," Palatino said.

The measure mandates the CHED to approve the materials and textbooks for teaching the subject and issue the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the proposed act.