Early this morning, April 16, 2013, I received this important email update (dated April 16, 2013) from Lino Gerona (a.k.a. Atty. Manuel Faelnar), one of our staunchest supporters of MTB-MLE:
Nothing to worry about anymore. The clause that would have repealed the mandatory teaching of Rizal courses in College is not in the bill that was sent to the President for his signature. The Rizal courses wil remain in College.
The intention, however, would have been to move the Rizal courses to Grades 11 and 12 under the new K to 12 curriculum, so that only university and professional subjects would have been taught at the College level. But, given the present political and ideological climate, this was not to be.
The President will sign the bill into law but he will probably do so after elections in May.
This morning I also checked the Philippine Senate website’s Legal History of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 (ENHANCED BASIC EDUCATION ACT) and found this update:
- 4/15/2013 Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643, received by the Senate already signed by the Speaker and the Secretary General of the House of Representatives
- 4/16/2013 Enrolled copies of the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643, sent to the Office of the President of the Philippines through PLLO, for the signature and approval of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III;
The version of SBN-3286 that’s currently posted at the Philippine Senate website is still the old version which intends to repeal RA 1425 (Rizal Law) — and definitely NOT the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 sent to the Office of the President of the Philippines for the signature and approval of the President. Lino assures us that the “clause that would have repealed the mandatory teaching of Rizal courses in College is not in the bill.” But given the ease with which whoever sneaked that repealing clause in the first place does not offer much comfort. (And as I wrote in the previous post, why is a piece of K to 12 legislation meddling with the teaching of Rizal courses in College? Don’t we have enough problems with K to 12 already?)
And so we keep our fingers crossed and await nervously until after the President affixes his signature of approval on the consolidated version of SBN-3286 and HBN-6643 (ENHANCED BASIC EDUCATION ACT), or if that does not happen, when the legislation is allowed to lapse into law.