Aurora solon files bill for the inclusion of entrepreneurship as separate subject in secondary

By Jason de Asis

BALER, Aurora, March 2, 2011-Aurora Congressman Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara has filed house bill No. 269 that requires the inclusion of entrepreneurship as a separate subject in the high school curriculum where it should be taught in the senior year of both public and private secondary school nationwide.

Angara explained that the Philippine education system produces graduates who fall into the labor market every year and as the number of graduates increase, the number of unemployed countrymen who search for job continue to rise, saying that about 5.5 million Filipinos are unemployed and 3.9 million are underemployed according to statistics.

Angara furthered that the problem of unemployment and underemployment may be remedied if schools can produce graduates who are job creators rather than job seekers. Students need to be taught to face the world with dreams of entrepreneurial success; thus, the solon filed the said bill to deal with the following entrepreneurial matters on management, fund sourcing, program accreditation and requirements, and contemporary entrepreneurial practices.

"The subject will also cover the values and skills-formation aspects of the making of an entrepreneur," Angara said, adding that the proposed measure mandates the Education secretary to designate a Head Subject Specialist from the Bureau of Secondary Education who shall be the lead person in coordinating all activities necessary for the development and implementation of the subject, making sure that it is attuned to the current policy of industrialization and global competitiveness.

The Aurora solon is hoping that the passage of the bill will lead young Filipinos to have vigor, competitive energy and creativity for small and medium enterprises in advance economies that may push the country’s own economic growth and development. (Jason de Asis)

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