Republic Act No. 7079

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Republic Act No. 7079, also known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991, aims to promote awareness and develop young talents in journalism. It is also intended to uphold and protect the freedom of the press at the campus level.

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Passage into law

R.A. 7079's full title is “AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION OF CAMPUS JOURNALISM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.” It is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1103 and House Bill No. 22658, which were passed by the Senate and the House on May 20, 1991 and May 23, 1991, respectively.

It was approved on July 5, 1991, during the fourth regular session of the House of Representatives. It was signed by House Speaker Ramon V. Mitra and Senate President Jovito R. Salonga, and was ratified by President Corazon C. Aquino.

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The Campus Journalism Act of 1991 requires the government to educate young writers, and designates the Department of Education (DepEd) to oversee periodic competitions, press conferences and training seminars for student editors and writers and for teacher advisers.

It mostly focuses on regulating the selection and tenure of the staff and advisers of school papers. It also ensures that student publications get adequate funding, and guarantees press freedom to campus journalists.

It also provides tax exemptions to the donors of school papers, and declares that the sum of five million pesos (P5,000,000) be included in DepEd's annual budget for the implementation of campus journalism-related programs.

National Schools Press Conference

In accordance with this law, DepEd conducts the National Schools Press Conference every year, which is a nationwide competition for campus journalists and school paper advisers in the Philippines.

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