By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Bacolod Rep. Greg G. Gasataya wants to integrate local history in the teaching of Philippine History in private elementary and high school education.
He said it is the government’s responsibility to impress upon the minds of Filipino children the rich cultural and historical heritage of their own native place to allow them to appreciate the legacy and origin of their ancestors.
“Certainly, history is an operative tool to fortify a nation and its effective teaching is a prime area of concern. Hence, to stimulate the interests of the students and for them to develop a more profound sympathy for our country and their respective communities, it is but a strategic move to incorporate primary and local historical sources into classroom discussions, ” he said.
Gasataya filed House Bill 3880 to include the teaching of local history as a mandatory and integral part of the curriculum in the teaching of Philippine history in schools.
Under the measure, local history refers to the study of history, culture and geography of a political subdivision where a particular public or private elementary and secondary school is situated.
“While Philippine history in its national scope and coverage is being taught in our schools, we cannot also discount the fact that localities are also rich in their respective historical experiences which are equally important to be widely introduced and oriented to the constituents in the locality,” Gasataya said.
House Bill 3880, the proposed Local History Act, tasks the Department of Education (DepEd) to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to implement the proposed law within 90 days from its effectivity.
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