Part of PH History: DepEd to Include Infrastructures Built During Marcos Era in K7 to K10 Textbooks

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday announced it would include some of the major infrastructures built under the government of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos.

DepEd Superintendent Clarissa Villasor told Radyo Agong that the change is not to favor Marcos, but a need for children to know the true history, and Marcos’ infrastructure projects is part of this country’s history.

Villasor also added that the inclusion of crimes committed during Martial Law is still under deliberation, and might not be included because the panel that includes high ranking officials of DepEd and National Book Development Board (NBDV), is against on teaching violent-related subjects to children, and besides, there is no proven legal articles that says Marcos personally committed the crimes.

“Yong mga infrastructures kasi kagaya ng PICC, San Juanico Bridge, Heart at Kidney Centers, e talagang kasama yan sa kasaysayan e. Hindi naman nating pwedeng sabihin na ang mga yan e hindi ginawa sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Marcos”, Villasor said.

(Those infrastructures like PICC (Philippine International Convention Center), San Juanico Bridge (Marcos Bridge), Heart and Kidney Centers, are actually included in history. We cannot say that these are not built under Marco’s government)

Villasor said children should be taught what is real.

“Yong mga sinasabi nilang pang-aabuso e hindi naman siguro natin pwedeng ituro sa mga bata dahil wala naming korte ang nagsabing si Marcos talaga ang salarin. Hindi natin pwedeng ituro sa bata ang emotion lang. It’s up to them to find out pag laki nila, basta ang importante, ituro natin sa kanila kung ano ang nakikita nila”, Villasor added.

(We cannot teach children about the alleged abused committed during Martial Law as there is no court that said Marcos personally committed those crimes. We cannot teach children by emotion. It’s up to them to find out when they grow old. The most important thing is, we will teach them the things they see around)

Villasor also added that the textbooks published during the previous administration have more than 1,300 errors that need to be corrected.

“Ang nagyayari kasi ngayon, galit ang mga bata kay Marcos, ang alam lang nila dapat silang magalit. But they didn’t know anything more than that. Kami naman sa DepEd ay gagawin lang namin ang nakararapat. We do not favor the former president. Telling the students about what he has done to this country is not favoring him. About his alleged crimes? Leave it to the court”, Villasor said.

Textbooks that include Marco’s records to be released on mid-2017 according to NBDV. /Kathie Marie Supremo/

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