The House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution No. 1757, urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to require all public and private schools to prioritize visits to historical sites, landmarks, and museums within the Philippines in their conduct of educational field trips.
The resolution is in line with Article XIV, Section 18 of the Constitution, which mandates the State to encourage and support researches and studies on the country’s arts and culture.
According to Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, principal author of the resolution, educational field trips of schools have been diverted to supermalls, resorts and other places of entertainment and thus have compromised the quality of educational field trips.
The State shall encourage and support researches and studies on the country’s arts and culture.
“We urge all schools to do these trips to historical sites, landmarks, and museums within the Philippines to ignite the students in their thinking about the rich historical resources preserved in the many places that they may learn,” Atienza said.
He stressed an urgent need for the younger generation of Filipinos to learn, experience, and immerse in their country’s rich history, especially the relationship of the land to its people, economy, civic life and history.
The resolution is co-authored by Representatives Ramon Durano VI, Evelina Escudero, Glona Labadlabad, Michelle Antonio, Gabriel Bordado, Mercedes Cagas, Cecilia Leonila Chavez, Anna Katrina Enverga and Vini Nola Ortega.