MANILA, Philippines – Two lawmakers from the House of Representatives filed a bill seeking to make fighting corruption part of the Philippine curriculum.
CIBAC party-list representatives Sherwin Tugna and Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales filed House Bill 6609 or the Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Information and Education Act of 2012 in a bid to fight the system that has "weakened various institutions."
“Education is an effective tool in our fight against graft and corruption in the public and private sectors of the society,” Tugna said.
“Graft and corruption weakens our democracy and the integrity of our various institutions, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, prevents the proper delivery of basic services to the people, increases inequality and injustice and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish,” he added.
Under the proposed law, all primary and secondary schools in the country shall be required to include in their curriculum the teaching and inculcating the need of every person to fight the evils of graft and corruption in the society.
Cruz-Gonzales, meanwhile, said the proposed bill is in recongnition of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, of which the Philippines is a signatory.
"The UNCAC requires all State to develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that will promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability," Cruz-Gonzales said.
"Students at an early stage would be informed of the need of every person to participate in the eradication of graft and corruption in the society, of the various process and procedures in government and of transactions occurring in the private sector, of the steps that can be undertaken in case graft and corruption occurs, and of the right and responsibilities of citizens in governance," she added.