Solon bats for watchdogs against corruption in government

A lawmaker representing the youth sector has moved to create an army
of watchdogs against bad practices in the government.

Rep. Raymond V. Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) filed House Bill 5417,
which mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) to educate the
elementary and high school students on good governance, ethics and
accountability in public.

Palatino said by including in the basic education curriculum topics on
good governance, ethics and accountability, the importance of
efficient and moral leadership will be inculcated in the minds of the
youth.

“Even at an early age, our youth should be empowered to engage their
leaders and contribute to social development,” Palatino said.

“Educating our children on the ideals of public service will encourage
them to get involved in bettering public and civic affairs,” Palatino
added.

Under the measure, to be known as Good Governance Education Act of
2011, the DepEd shall integrate in the social science curriculum of
primary and secondary school students, good governance topics
including but not limited to Article XI of the 1987 Philippine
Constitution-Accountability of Public Officers, RA 6713 or the Code of
Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and
RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“In the long term, the bill seeks to create model citizens and a
large reserve of public servants who, with the ideals of patriotism,
justice, responsibility and integrity, are accountable to and are in
service of the Filipino people,” Palatino said.

“As the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation
building, educating the young about good governance, ethics and
accountability in public service shall encourage their involvement in
public and civic affairs,” Palatino added.

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