In a meeting with various officials during the Committee on Basic Education, Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III recommended the Department of Education (DepEd) include in its basic education curriculum a study in computer programming.

The proposal came anew following the politician’s previous attempt at petitioning the integration of “age-appropriate” computer programming subjects in the existing K to 12 programs. He had previously raised the concern during the 18th Congress.

Speaking on his proposition, Pimentel III cites the need for increased attention to computer programming and computer science as a preparation for the youth to gain significant proficiency in the field, amid a changing environment that is leading towards digitalization.

Per Senate Bill No. 72 or the “Philippine Computer Programming Education Act,” as petitioned in the 19th Congress, it asks for the teaching of computer programming as early as Grade 4.

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