PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law declaring November 17 of every year as National Students' Day in an effort to acknowledge the "invaluable constribution of student activism to Philippine democracy."
Duterte inked Republic Act (RA) 11360 on August 8 in support of International Students' Day which was spearheaded by the International Students Council in 1941 to commemorate the execution of nine Czechoslovakian students who fought against the Nazi occupation.
"In accord with the observance of International Students' Day, and in recognition of the invaluable contribution of student activism to Philippine democracy for initiating efforts to foster leadership among Filipino students, November 17 of every year is hereby declared as National Students' Day," RA 11360 read.
The law tasks the National Youth Commission (NYC) as the lead agency to prepare and implement an annual program of activities for the observance of National Students' Day.
It also directs the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to support the NYC in efforts to facilitate and promote related activities to all public and private schools.
All schools, colleges and universities are likewise encouraged to extend their full support for exercises and activities launched by students during the observance of National Students' Day.
The law takes effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
A copy of RA 11360 was released by Palace on Wednesday, August 14. (Ruth Abbey Gita/SunStar Philippines)