Para ‘di puro ML at FB! Lito Atienza wants DepEd reverted to DECS for youth’s sake

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza has refiled a measure renaming the Department of Education (DepEd) back to the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) as the youth become more interested in social media and video games.

Atienza lamented that the youth seem to have a dwindling appreciation for culture and the sports nowadays, which he blamed on the DECS’ restructuring into DepEd.

“Removing culture and sports from DepEd led to a generation of Filipino children growing up becoming more familiar with foreign cultures and traditions than their own,” he said.

Culture and sports were removed from DECS’ purview when Republic Act 9155 was passed in 2001, which led to DepEd’s creation.

Atienza warned that more Filipino youth will be ignorant of culture and will shun sports unless DepEd is reverted to DECS.

“If we allow this to continue, our children, especially those in public schools, will not get the kind of foundation they need to become more responsible citizens,” he said.