SENATOR FILES BILL ON USE OF NEO-ETHNIC PH TEXTILES IN ACADEMIC REGALIA OF SUCs AND LUCs
SENATOR Maria Lourdes “Nancy” Binay has filed a measure that will prescribe the use of neo-ethnic Philippine textiles in the academic regalia of all state and local universities and colleges.
An academic regalia is an official clothing worn by university officials, faculty, graduates and awardees during academic functions. It includes a distinguishing cap and a formal gown that signify traditions of academic achievement.
Senate Bill 2201 or the proposed Philippine Academic Regalia Act aims to promote the use of resources available and help the communities that expertly produce neo-ethnic textiles.
The measure mandates the creation of a Philippine Academic Regalia Council to be chaired and co-chaired by the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education and the Director of the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
The council will formulate National Academic Regalia Policy; review, standardize, and adopt the academic regalia for graduates, administrators, faculty, and awardees of SUCs and LUCs.
The council will ensure sustainability, quality control, and availability of yarns, dyes and loom parts.
“As enshrined in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, it is the responsibility of the State to instill patriotism and nationalism among the youth. As such, wearing of the academic regalia with the use of neo-ethnic Philippine textiles, is just one way to showcase their heritage, love for country and preserve their culture,” Binay said in her explanatory note.