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IMPLEMENTATION OF RIZAL LAW IN THE PHILIPPINES
Velasco, Daphne Angelie S.

ABSTRACT
This paper is all about the point of view of the students with regards to the Implementation of Republic Act. 1425 or Rizal Law in the Philippines. In the twenty (20) respondents, 70% said they agree to carry out the law, and 30% opposed. It is concluded that most students know the importance of Rizal’s ideals and teachings.

INTRODUCTION
Have you ever wonder why in public and private schools there’s a subject called Rizal? Well it is because, in the Philippines we have a law, The Republic Act No. 1425, an act to include in the curricula of all public and private schools, colleges and universities courses on the life, works and writings of Jose Rizal, particularly his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, authorizing the printing and distribution thereof, and for other purposes (Republic Act No. 1425, 1956). This obliges all educational institution in the Philippines to offer the course Rizal. However, this law was opposed by the Roman Catholic Church since the themes of Rizal’s two famous work, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibuterismo is anti-clerical. The act was published on June 12, the date of the Philippine Independence and was written in the year 1956, when the country was still recovering from the Japanese Colonization and was depending on United States for support.

Jose P. Laurel, then senator who co-wrote the law, explained that since Jose Rizal was the founder of the country’s nationalism and had significantly contributed to the current condition of the nation, it is only right that Filipinos, especially the youth, know about and learn to imbibe the great ideals for which the hero died. Accordingly, the Rizal Law aims to accomplish the following goals: 1. To rededicate the lives of youth to the ideals of freedom and nationalism, for which our heroes lived and died. 2. To pay tribute to our national hero for devoting his life and works in shaping the Filipino character. 3. To gain an inspiring source of patriotism through the study of Rizal’s life, works, and writings (Mañebog, 2013).
METHOD
This paper will focus on the perspective of the society about the Implementation of Rizal Law in the Philippines. The method that has been utilized is descriptive survey method. The twenty (20) respondents, ten (10) college students and ten (10) high school students, where directly asked the question “Do you agree on the implementation of Republic Act. 1425 or Rizal Law here in the Philippines?”. The survey was conducted last January 10, 2018.

RESULTS
The researcher gathered and analyzed the survey as follows:
Respondents Yes No
College Students 8 2High School Students 6 4
TOTAL 14 = 70% 6 = 30%
ANALYSIS
As shown above, majority of the students agreed on the implementation of the law, the reason why they agreed, the teachings of Jose Rizal helped them solve social and/or personal problems and this helped them enlightened about the true value of having an independent nation. In contrast, thirty (30) percent of the students did not agree on this law, the reasons are that some Filipino youths today don’t care about nationalism and maybe they are not yet open minded about the teachings of Rizal.
CONCLUSION
In conclusion, the Republic Act. 1452, helps awaken the Filipinos’ sense of nationalism. Luckily, most of the students know the true value of having this law. They believe that by having this, will help the country’s future. Some students need further understanding of what this law truly is.
REFERENCES
https://www.academia.edu/10882696/RIZAL_LAW_Reaction_PaperRepublic Act No. 1425. (1956). Retrieved from Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines:
http://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/1956/06/12/republic-act-no-1425/Mañebog J. (2013). The Importance of the Jose Rizal Subject. Retrieved from
http://ourhappyschool.com/history/importance-jose-rizal-subject