MANILA – UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque would push for environmental education for kindergarten through elementary school students to develop a sense of environmental responsibility.
Roque said students need to be knowledgeable about the major environmental issues facing the world so they can develop critical and creative thinking.
He pledged to reintroduce Bill 5984, which he first introduced when he was a member of the House of Representatives. The bill seeks to include environmental education in the curriculum of the primary education department.
Under the bill, the Department of Education (DepEd) will ensure that the curriculum from kindergarten to elementary school includes an environmental education component. This component should teach students about topics such as, but not limited to, recycling, energy efficiency, conservation, and climate change.
In 2008, Republic Act 9512 National Environmental Awareness and Education Act was implemented to promote environmental awareness through environmental education, encompassing the concepts and ecological principles and ecological laws.
By law, the DepEd, Higher Education Commission (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) must implement public education and awareness programs on environmental protection and conservation. (PR)