Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution seeking an inquiry on the preparedness of the basic education sector for school year (SY) 2021-2022. Senate Resolution No. 739 aims to assess if basic education institutions can deliver quality education for the next school year, whether through face-to-face classes, distance learning, or other alternative delivery modes.
Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to suspend the imposition of a 25 percent corporate income tax on private schools, warning that the added burden on struggling institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to more school closures, job losses, and a more restricted access to education.
With the government eyeing to start the vaccination of 29 million Filipinos in the pediatric sector by September or October this year, Senator Win Gatchalian says boosting parents’ confidence in COVID-19 vaccines becomes critical amidst persisting hesitancy among Filipino adults.
With the COVID-19 vaccination program opening up to the A4 priority list, Senator Win Gatchalian is urging teachers and non-teaching staff to register with their local government units and receive their jabs.
The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill that would institute services for learners with disabilities in support of inclusive education. For Senator Win Gatchalian, sponsor and co-author of the measure, this is a major step forward in ensuring that learners with disabilities are not left behind in the basic education sector’s better normal.
Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that aims to integrate a drug abuse prevention program in Grades 7 to 12 subjects under the K to 12 Basic Education System.
While the Department of Education (DepEd) eyes home-based learning even when the pandemic is over, Senator Win Gatchalian says increasing teaching supplies allowance would give teachers relief on expenses related to distance learning.
Senator Win Gatchalian hailed the government’s plans to include teenagers in the COVID-19 vaccination program, a move that the lawmaker says would boost the basic education sector’s return to normalcy and the safe reopening of schools.
Amidst the nationwide celebration of the first ‘National Higher Education Day,’ Senator Win Gatchalian raised again the need to improve the implementation of the ‘Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act’ (Republic Act 10931) or the Free Tuition Law which will ensure continued education for 1.3 million students.