- November 17 has been declared National Students’ Day by President Rodrigo Duterte
- Republic Act No. 11369 was signed on August 8, 2019, and it directs the National Youth Commission to lead any activities that will be done on the said day
- The Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education are to also support NYC with activities in both private and public schools
Manila, Philippines – National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal has said that the youth are the hope for our country’s future. There is truth in that as the students of today may become the leaders of tomorrow. As students as well, they are slowly being molded into what they can become when they grow up. Students are a bit taken for granted but President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed a new Republic Act that might just change that.
In a report by ABS-CBN, the President has signed Republic Act No. 11369 on August 8, 2019, which declares November 17 as National Students’ Day. This is now declared as an official holiday and will be celebrated on November 17 every year onward. This was made to honor how student activism contributes to the country’s democracy.
In the same declaration, it was also stated that the National Youth Commission (NYC) is to lead any activities that will be done on the said holiday. The Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education are to also provide support to NYC with all the activities that they’ll have, and all schools and colleges are greatly encouraged to participate as well.
The date is specially chosen to match the International Students’ Day, which is also on the same date, November 17. International Students’ Day is celebrated to commemorate the 9 Czechoslovakian students that fought against the Nazi occupation in 1939.
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