Andres Bonifacio Act of 2011

Taking inspiration from Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary frenzy, a solon underscores the accomplishments and the significant role another important hero played in Philippine history.

Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino recently filed House Bill 4353, an act providing for the inclusion in the collegiate curricula a course on the life, works and ideals of Andres Bonifacio. Dubbed as the Andres Bonifacio Act of 2011, the bill aims to strengthen the values of nationalism and patriotism among students.

By learning about Bonifacio, Palatino stressed in the said Bill, lessons on national independence, collective action, civic consciousness and patriotism will be inculcated among the students and help shape the character needed for personal, community and national development.

Palatino particularly seeks to have a separate course on Bonifacio which will tackle not only the life and teachings of the revolutionary hero but also the contributions of his movement, the Kataas-taasang, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK) which struggled to achieve independence against the Spanish colonial rule through armed revolution.

If not feasible though, Palatino says the teaching of Bonifacio may be incorporated in the Rizal Course and may be taught for half a semester.

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