Increase HIV awareness among children, adolescents

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) to step up efforts on raising the youth’s awareness on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).   Gatchalian, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, made this call following the release of the HIV/AIDS & ART Registry of the […]

More STEM students needed to meet demand for civil engineers

To meet the country’s demand for civil engineers amidst a projected boom in the country’s private construction industry, Senator Win Gatchalian pressed the need to entice more students to take up the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand in senior high school.   Gatchalian cited private market research firm GlobalData which estimated that the […]

EDCOM II to address K-12 curriculum woes

The Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM II) will study challenges hounding the K to 12 curriculum, including the implementation of the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) and the spiral progression approach, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   The EDCOM II is mandated to conduct a National Assessment and Evaluation which will include, among others, the […]

Give adolescent mothers second chance to continue education

Aside from sustaining the effort to curb teenage pregnancy through effective reproductive health education, Senator Win Gatchalian pressed that it is equally important for the government to support the reintegration of adolescent mothers to the education system.   Gatchalian made this call amidst the celebration of the National Women’s Month this March. He emphasized the […]

Nationwide learning recovery program to be rolled out soon

Following the Senate’s third and final reading approval of the Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning (ARAL) Program Act (Senate Bill No. 1604), learners nationwide will soon have access to well-systematized tutorial sessions and well-designed intervention plans that will address pandemic-related learning loss, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   The ARAL Program is Gatchalian’s proposed national core […]

Underutilization of Special Education Fund flagged

Though local government units have been seeking additional support for education funding, Senator Win Gatchalian flagged that the utilization of the Special Education Fund (SEF) remains low.   In a Senate panel hearing on the 21st Century School Boards Act (Senate Bill No. 155) and other related measures, Gatchalian cited a report from the Department […]

Protect teachers from unfair debt collection practices

While Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Duterte said she is looking forward to partnering with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to solve teachers’ loan obligations and contracts, Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the passage of a measure that prohibits unfair and abusive debt collection practices.   Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. […]

On improving LET scores: Ensure quality teacher training, education

While an advocacy group is lamenting the persistently low passing rates among Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) takers, Senator Win Gatchalian is pressing the need to fully implement the Excellence in Teacher Education Act (Republic Act No. 11713).   Based on the Philippine Business for Education’s (PBEd) study on the Board Licensure Examination for Professional […]

Strengthen LGU involvement in education

As Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Duterte urges local government units (LGUs) to prioritize investments in education, Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing his proposal to expand the roles of the local school board.   Gatchalian last year filed Senate Bill No. 155 or the 21st Century School Boards Act, which seeks to empower […]