Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara on Wednesday renewed his call for the full implementation of a law requiring all schools nationwide to teach the history of Filipino Muslims and indigenous peoples (IPs), saying a study of Philippine history and culture would be incomplete without their mention.
“As we allow the Bangsamoro people to fulfill their dreams and aspirations through the establishment of a new autonomous political entity, it is especially important to look back on their history and to acknowledge and appreciate Filipino Muslim contributions,” the lawmaker said.
Angara made the call as the nation celebrates May as the National Heritage Month, which aims to promote consciousness, respect and love for the cultural heritage among Filipinos.
This year’s theme, “Mga Pinuno para sa Pamana” (Leaders for Heritage), serves as a challenge to every Filipino to take the lead in preserving and promoting our heritage.
Republic Act 10908, or the Integrated History Act of 2016, which Angara principally authored, mandates the teaching of history, culture and identity of IPs and Filipino Muslims in both basic and higher education in the country.
“The history, culture and identity of Filipino Muslims and IPs should be integrated in the formulation of the curriculum for the study of Philippine history, including the writing, printing and publication of textbooks and other reading materials,” Angara said, citing a provision in RA 10908.