/ 17 November 2022

THE HOUSE of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure integrating a comprehensive study of Philippine History during World War II into the higher education curriculum.

With 275 votes, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 5719 which is a consolidation of House Bill Nos. 933 and 4157 filed by Reps. Roman Romulo and Harris Christopher Ongchuan.

The measure seeks to preserve the stories about the great struggle and heroism of Filipino soldiers, as well as their crucial role in repelling Japanese occupational forces that preserved Philippine independence.

It aims to inculcate in the youth a sense of patriotism and nationalism, love of humanity, respect for human rights and appreciation of national heroes.

HB 5719 will direct the Commission on Higher Education, in partnership with the Department of National Defense – Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, to develop the program and encourage all higher educational institutions to provide in their libraries materials on WWII as it transpired in the Philippines.

The CHED, NHCP and the PVAO can seek the help of resource persons such as prominent historians, history professors, members of historical associations, college or university presidents or administrators, as well as faculty members and students.

“A comprehensive study of Philippine history during World War II shall be integrated into and shall cover a reasonable percentage of the mandatory Philippine History subject being offered under the general education curriculum in higher education courses of all higher education institutions in the country,” the lawmakers said in the explanatory note of the measure.