Republic of the
HOUSE OF THE
First Regular Session
House Bill No. 632
REPRESENTATIVE FRANCIS G. ESCUDERO
The world has shrunk into a single global village.
Advances in science and technology have made this possible. Modern
telecommunications and modes of transportation have facilitated simultaneous
and fast exchange ideas, information and resources among nations. This is the
global technological and scientific setting which confronts the Philippines
In our country’s
strides to regain lost economic grounds, our people need to be attuned to the
latest developments in science and technology. The Filipino youth must be
scientifically and technically prepared so that their innate talents may be
fully harnesses for national developments.
bill is one way of promoting scientific and technical literacy among the
Filipino youth in the field of computer education.
proposed bill, basics of computer applications and programming will be
integrated in the school curriculum. A Board on Computer Education is created.
Private sectors’ participation is enlisted through the grant of fiscal
incentives to private sector participants. A voucher system is institutionalized
with respect to the country’s nineteen (19) poorest provinces to make these
provinces at par with the rest of the country in terms of computer literacy.
Community linkages among the participants are likewise enjoined to hasten the
nationwide upgrading of computer skills.
In short, this
bill is intended to prepare the Filipino youth to meet the technological
challenges of the 21st Century.
Approval of this
Bill is, thus, earnestly requested.
Republic of the
HOUSE OF THE
First Regular Session
House Bill No. 632
REPRESENTATIVE FRANCIS G. ESCUDERO
AN ACT TO INTEGRATE A COMPUTER EDUCATION PROGRAM INTO THE
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Be it enacted by the Senate and
House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy – It shall be the
policy of the State to promote functional computer literacy in all schools, at
the earliest possible stage, and in a manner that is most efficient and
effective in producing a population that is highly skilled in the creation, use
and manipulation of computer software. In this regard, private sector
initiative and participation shall always be encouraged to achieve this policy
SECTION 2. Board
on Computer Education; Creation, Power and Functions – A Board on Computer
Education, hereafter referred to as Board, is hereby created to implement the
provisions of this Act and for this purpose shall have the following powers and
shall exercise the following functions:
(a) supervise the accreditation of the computer
schools which will participate in the program;
(b) assess and provide for the necessary training of the personnel of
computer schools on methods of teaching;
(c) prepare the curriculum for computer-aided logic math and science
education in the elementary level;
(d) monitor the performance of the computer schools;
(e) evaluate the abilities of the students enrolled in the program;
(f) issue and implement all rules and regulations provided for in this
(g) exercise all other powers and functions which may be necessary to
carry out the provisions of this Act.
Section 3. Board Composition – The Board shall be
composed of the following Members:
(a) One (1) representative from the Department of Education, Culture
and Sports (DECS) to be nominated by the Secretary of Education, Culture and
(b) One (1) representative from the Commission on Higher Education
(CHED) to be nominated by the CHED Chairman;
(c) One (1) representative from the Department of Science and
Technology to be nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Science and
(d) One (1) representative from the duly accredited professional
organizations of computer programmers and system analysts to be nominated by
the recognized leadership of these organizations;
(e) One (1) representative from the National Economic Development
Authority, to be nominated by the Secretary-General of the National Economic
The representative from the Department of
Education, Culture and Sports shall serve as the Chairman of the Board.
Chairman and the Members shall be appointed by the President of the Republic of
the Philippines for a term of five (5) years and shall have the rank and
compensation of a Bureau Director.
Promotion of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) scheme and other similar
arrangements – The provision of the Republic Act No. 6957, as amended, shall be
applied to the construction, operation and servicing of computer education and
its facilities, Provided, That any contractual arrangement that will be
utilized for this purpose shall additionally provide for the following:
(a) A training program for teachers not only on computer literacy but
also on the maintenance and service of computer education facilities; and
(b) An apprenticeship program for interested students of the public
school being serviced whereby they may be employed as apprentices for the
education component or for the facilities maintenance component of computer
The build-operate-transfer arrangement or any other
similar arrangements provided for in Republic Act No. 6957, as amended, may be
bidded out and awarded at the school district level or at the school level, in
accordance with the implementing rules and regulations to be issued by the
Institutionalization of the Voucher System for Specialized Computer Education
in the Nineteen (19) poorest provinces. In addition, to whatever contractual
arrangement which may be utilized under the provisions of Section 4 hereof,
there shall be created a voucher system for specialized computer education in
the country’s nineteen (19) poorest provinces whereby each of these provinces
shall be given the amount of five Million (P5,000,000.00) Pesos each year from
the annual budget allocated for the implementation of the specialized computer
education program, or such amount as may be later provided by law, to enroll in
a computer school of his or her choice, to finish advance and specialized computer courses such as, but not limited
to, advanced programming, computer aided design, hardware design, networking,
or such other courses that may be identified by the Board.
student shall be entitled to only one voucher. The Board shall issue the
implementing rules and regulations to ensure that students do not enroll in
more than one school, or that enrollment figures reflect actual enrollment.
Student found guilty of violating this one-voucher-per-student rule shall be subject
to the penalties provided hereunder.
Accreditation of Computer Education Service Providers. – All entities shall
participating in the activities described in Sections 4 and 5 hereof must be
accredited by the Board as bona fide participants. The accreditation must be
renewed for every period of not less than one year but not more than five
years. Accreditation shall be based on the following criteria:
a) The curriculum meets the standards provided for by the Board;
b) The quality of the computers and other peripherals to be provided
and the other physical infrastructures to be built, operated or used which must
ensure quality of education and minimum standards for evaluating teaching
c) With respect to renewal applications, the performance of the
students on performance measures to be designed by the Board.
SECTION 7. Curriculum of Publicity-funded Computer
Education. – The computer literacy program acknowledges the vital participation
of the private sector in the scheme, but the curriculum shall be prepared by
curriculum should make use of computer-assisted education to teach elementary
students the basic courses of math, science and logic. These courses will
prepare the student for the demands of computer programming and system
analysis, as well as strengthen the learning the student receives from the
formal education system.
Board will also prepare the curriculum for the computer programming and popular
software utilization, which will be taught at the high school level.
Monitoring and Incentive on Performance. – Monitoring of the program shall be
done to maintain the quality of education being given to the students.
Performance measures shall include, but not limited to, the following:
renewal accreditation or license to operate;
visits to participating schools.
Board shall formulate or commission the formulation of a performance index
which will be used in assessing the performance of the participating schools.
The latest results of the evaluation of all schools shall be published before
the start of every school year.
Board shall formulate a system rewards and incentives to promote excellence
among the service providers.
Tax-free Importation of Computer Hardware and Software. All entities who have
been accredited, or who have obtained contracts as participants in the
activities provided for in Sections 4 and 5 hereof shall be given fiscal
incentives shall include the tax-free importation of all computer hardware,
software, peripherals and documentary materials. However, these incentives
shall be limited to imports that are intended for the schools. These incentives
shall last for a period of not more than ten years from the effectivity of this
Board shall issue the implementing rules and regulations for the availment of
the incentives described herein.
Phased Implementation. – The computer education program shall be implemented in
phases to ensure that program and infrastructure requirements shall be met, to
prepare the private sector for the demand for computer schools and equipment,
and to prime-up the local demand for computer-literate workers.
implementation shall be done in accordance with the following objectives.
a) the graduation, one year from the effectivity of this Act, of a
corps of high school students who can manipulate the most popular computer
application programs in the areas of
word processing, database encoding and spreadsheets;
b) the graduation, three years from the effectivity of this Act, of a
corps of high school students who are not only literate in the applications
described in paragraph (a) herein, but also in basic programming and system analysis;
c) the immediate use of computer-aided education which will compliment
the academic instructions in math, science and logic.
Community Linkage. – Other softwares and computer programming may be taught by
the schools and service providers under a community link-up system whereby
additional training on the use of special software can be paid for by
interested business or manufacturing firms in the community. The business
community will also be encouraged to expand and update their manufacturing
procedures to achieve efficiency through computerization or computer-controlled
Budget and Funding. – An initial of One Hundred Million Pesos (P100,000,000.00)
to be disbursed from the earnings of the lotteries conducted by the Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office is hereby appropriated for the payment of the
services to be provided under Section 4 and 5 of this Act as well as for the
expenses related to the establishment and operation of the Board. Thereafter,
the necessary for the continuous implementation of this Act shall be included
in the yearly General Appropriations Act.
administrative expenses related to the implementation of this Act shall be more
than (3%) percent of the annual appropriations for this Computer Education
Penalties. – Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of Section 5
hereof shall be meted the following penalties:
a) The student shall pay the full cost of tuition, with interest
thereon. The payment may be in cash or in its equivalent in terms of community
b) The accreditation of the service providers found guilty of padding
their enrollment figures, or for knowingly permitting a student to violate the
provisions of Section 5 hereof, without prejudice to the payment of twice the
amount of reimbursement resulting from the padded enrollment as fine.
Rules and Regulations. – Within forty-five (45) days from the effectivity of
this Act, the Board shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations for
the effective implementation of the provisions of this Act.
Separability Clause. – In the event that any provisions of this Act is declared
unconstitutional, the validity of the other provisions shall not be affected by
Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations, or
portions thereof, inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or modified
Effectivity. – This law shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its
publication in two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.
NOTE: CONSOLIDATED INTO HB#1097