Youth awareness of HIV/AIDS at all-time low; inquiry on sexuality education needed

Amid the recent observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, Senator Win Gatchalian pressed the need to strengthen comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), especially as the Filipino youth’s awareness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) hit its lowest level since 1994.   From 95% in 1994, the percentage of young Filipinos […]

On National Book Week: Improve learners’ reading proficiency

Amid the celebration of National Book Week from November 24-30, Senator Win Gatchalian pressed the need for programs and interventions that would improve Filipino learners’ proficiency in reading.   Gatchalian recalled that even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, international large-scale assessments show that the country’s learners are already struggling to meet the minimum required proficiency […]

Inquiry on complementary roles of public, private schools to achieve education goals

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking a Senate inquiry on strengthening the complementary roles of public and private schools to achieve the country’s national objectives and sustainable development goals in education.   The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education pointed to the urgency of addressing challenges hounding the private education sector, some of which […]

Only less than 2% of public schools have free public Wi-Fi

Five years after the enactment of the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act (Republic Act No. 10929), only 1.8% of public schools nationwide have access to free public Wi-Fi.   Senator Win Gatchalian flagged this during his interpellation of the proposed 2023 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). He also […]

To DPWH: Propose strategy to speed up classroom construction

Senator Win Gatchalian asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to submit its proposal on how to speed up the construction of classrooms and school buildings nationwide.   During his interpellation on the proposed 2023 budget of the DPWH, Gatchalian pointed out that P3.1 billion was allocated for the School Building Program for […]

Increase SPED budget; learners with disabilities centers in all regions

To ensure that every region in the country has a model Inclusive Learning Resource Center (ILRC) for Learners with Disabilities, Senator Win Gatchalian is proposing to increase the Department of Education’s capital outlay budget for Special Education (SPED) from P96 million to P160 million.   The P96 million allocation was intended for the conversion of […]

November as National Reading Month

Senator Win Gatchalian is proposing to declare November of every year as the National Reading Month, which will be celebrated with nationwide reading programs.   Gatchalian made this proposal in Senate Bill No. 475 or the National Reading Month Act, which seeks to develop the habit and inculcate a culture of reading in basic education […]

Math and Science high schools in all provinces

Amidst the global celebration of the World Science Day for Peace and Development today, November 10, Senator Win Gatchalian continues to push for the establishment of public math and science high schools in all provinces nationwide.   Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 476, or the Equitable Access to Math and Science Education Act, seeks to provide […]

Return to full face-to-face classes; optional wearing of masks

A week after the opening of full face-to-face classes, Senator Win Gatchalian lauded the Department of Education (DepEd) for the successful return of full in-person classes, a move that he says is crucial to the recovery of the basic education sector from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Chairman of the Senate Committee […]