The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a proposed measure declaring November 17 of every year as National Students’ Day in the country.

The House Committees on Basic Education and Culture and Higher and Technical Education sponsored House Bill 4093, which is in recognition of the annual observance of the International Students’ Day.

The International Students’ Day was first commemorated in London in 1941 by the International Students Council to honor the nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation.

To be known as National Students’ Day Act, House Bill 4093 “sets a regular celebration in honor of Filipino students in their schools, communities and societies.”

The bill also seeks to memorialize the Filipino students’ contribution to democracy and boost their social and moral development.

House Bill 4093 substituted House Bill Nos. 407 and 2610 authored respectively by Rep. Susan Yap (2nd District, Tarlac) and Reps. Neri Colmenares (Partylist, Bayan Muna), Carlos Isagani Zarate (Partylist, Bayan Muna) and Antonio Tinio (Partylist, ACT Teachers).

The substitute bill mandates the National Youth Commission to lead in the preparation and implementation of an annual program of activities for the observance of the National Students Day.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) shall support NYC in facilitating and promoting related activities to all public and private schools.

All schools, colleges and universities are encouraged to extend their full support for exercises and activities to be launched by the students during the observance of the National Students’ Day.

Source: House of Representatives