Proposed Legislation Calls for Mandatory Singing of Bagong Pilipinas

Malacañang’s directive to integrate the singing and recitation of the “Bagong Pilipinas” hymn and pledge into the weekly flag ceremonies of national government agencies and instrumentalities has sparked discussions among lawmakers and educators. Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III suggests that a law is needed to authorize this directive, as he believes that a memorandum circular is not sufficient.

Under Memorandum Circular 52 signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, national government agencies and instrumentalities are required to integrate the “Bagong Pilipinas” hymn and pledge into their weekly flag ceremonies. The aim is to instill the principles of the “Bagong Pilipinas” brand of governance and leadership among Filipinos.

While some government offices in Manila have already complied with the directive by playing the “Bagong Pilipinas” hymn and reciting the pledge during flag-raising ceremonies, opposition from educators has emerged. Teachers argue that the directive is reminiscent of political propaganda tactics from the martial law era and may not effectively educate students about nationalism and patriotism.

The Civil Service Commission sees nothing wrong with the directive, emphasizing the importance of instilling positive values and virtues within the government. However, the Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND) opposes the directive, suggesting that it may be unconstitutional as it introduces a new hymn and pledge without proper legal authority.

As discussions continue among lawmakers and educators, the implementation of the “Bagong Pilipinas” directive remains a controversial issue that raises concerns about governance, education, and national identity.

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