Villar pushes bill making entrepreneurship as school subject

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HEARING. Senator Cynthia Villar, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, listens to Sen. Ralph Recto as he questions representatives of the Department of Agriculture about the claims made by certain groups and agencies concerning the actual state of rice supply in the country. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito also attended the hearing.(MNS photo)

AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE HEARING. Senator Cynthia Villar, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, listens to Sen. Ralph Recto as he questions representatives of the Department of Agriculture about the claims made by certain groups and agencies concerning the actual state of rice supply in the country. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay and JV Ejercito also attended the hearing.(MNS photo)

MANILA, June 16 (Mabuhay) – Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday pushed for the passage of the bill that will make entrepreneurship part of the school curriculum to motivate students to become entrepreneurs early on in their lives.

“We need a new generation of entrepreneurs. And we need to start them young, as the cliché goes. Thus, incorporating entrepreneurship in the school curriculum is the most logical thing to do,” Villar said.

The Senate Bill 2212 reached the plenary through the sponsorship of Sen. Bam Aquino before the Senate adjourned sine die last week.

The bill introduces and integrates the subjects and competencies in entrepreneurship and financial literacy in the curriculum of primary, secondary, alternative learning and post- secondary education.

Villar also filed similar bill under Senate Bill 147 in July last year, seeking to integrate entrepreneurship in the high school curriculum.

The lady senator also co-sponsored the SB 2212, saying entrepreneurship is a way out of poverty “because it generates employment.”

”Unemployment is a major problem in our country. When we get the chance to talk to the youth, students, and new graduates, we urge them to aspire to merely landing a good job or getting employed. Anyone can be an employer or a creator of jobs,” Villar said

“While I have misgivings in introducing entrepreneurship to elementary or grade school students as they may not be able to grasp the concepts yet, I believe we can start with value formation with them. It is important for them to learn values – besides theories and strategies, that will make them good entrepreneurs in the future,” she added.

Villar said the values of saving money and hard work should be taught in school to prepare the students to become entrepreneurs.

The Nacionalista Party senator said the new generation of entrepreneurs will pave the way for the creation of more micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs – a strong engine of growth in our country.

“MSMEs comprise nearly 90 per cent of the businesses in our country and provide more than 50 per cent jobs or employment. Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially-minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses,” Villar said.

Villar also encourage people venturing into business not to lose heart when they lack the capital.

“It is not the be-all and end-all of entrepreneurship. Mas importante ang kaalaman at kakayahan. I know that based from my own experience,” she said.

Villar recalled that their family’s billion-dollar real estate company started as a small gravel and sand company with a Php10,000 capital.

“Manny and I are living examples of what entrepreneurs can accomplish and achieve with hard work and persistence coupled with fairness and integrity,” Villar said, referring to husband former Senator Manny Villar. (MNS)

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