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    Beware of diploma mill in Manila!

    THE practice of buying or selling dissertations, theses, term papers and other reports to acquire academic credentials must be outlawed and never tolerated, a Philippine lawmaker declared Wednesday.
    Rep. Delphine Gan Lee said House Bill 3793 or the proposed "Academic Honesty Act of 2013" prohibits the unlawful sale and purchase of dissertations, theses, term papers, essays, reports or any other assignment or school work.
    "The nation's human development program, especially our educational system, should, among other important foundations, be based and developed on the principle of honesty and hard work," Gan Lee stressed.
    She explained that academic credentials are a necessity in obtaining employment, a promotion or higher compensation in employment, or admission to a prestigious institution, adding that it is likewise needed when presented in connection with any profession or occupation.
    Therefore, Gan Lee said it is imperative that such academic achievement be obtained only through the efforts of the person claiming it as his/her own, and not the work of people he or she just paid to write said materials.
    "This bill seeks to make it unlawful for any person to sell, offer to sell, purchase or offer to purchase any material either written or provided through electronic media which will be submitted by a student as his or her own work to any university, college, academy, school or other educational institution, or to a course, seminar or a degree program held by such institution," Gan Lee further explained.
    Section 5 of HB 3793 provides that any person found guilty of violating the proposed law shall be meted a penalty of imprisonment of arresto menor (one day to thirty days), or a fine of not more than P10,000 or both at the discretion of the court, taking into consideration all attending circumstances.
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