School buildings with more than four floors to address classroom shortage

To help address the shortage of classrooms nationwide, Senator Win Gatchalian is mulling a bill that will allow school buildings to have more than four floors.   “We’re actually studying to file a bill to allow the construction of classrooms in buildings more than four storeys high. There’s a regulation that classrooms are only allowed […]

Class opening: Thanks to education frontliners for ensuring learning continuity, safe resumption of in-person classes

Senator Win Gatchalian thanked the country’s education frontliners for ensuring the smooth opening of schools and ensuring the continuity of education despite the persisting threat of COVID-19.   Gatchalian cited the role of teachers, principals, and schools superintendents in preparing the country’s schools, especially for taking steps in ensuring the safe resumption of face-to-face classes,  […]

Condemn sexual assault on CamSur teachers; use SEF for security personnel hiring

Senator Win Gatchalian condemned the recent sexual abuse committed against four elementary school teachers from Ocampo, Camarines Sur, denouncing the attack as a despicable act of violence that has no place in basic education institutions.   “Walang puwang ang anumang uri ng karahasan sa ating mga guro at sa loob ng ating mga paaralan. Tungkulin […]

Bill to achieve zero illiteracy nationwide refiled

Senator Win Gatchalian has refiled a bill that seeks to eradicate illiteracy nationwide.   Senate Bill No. 473 or the National Literacy Council Act renames the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) which was established by Republic Act No. 7165, as amended. By repealing R.A. No. 7165, the Council will not only continue serving as the lead […]

Bill on learning recovery program refiled to address learning poverty

Amid the alarming level of learning poverty in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian has refiled a bill that seeks to institute a nationwide learning recovery program to address the impact of prolonged school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning (ARAL) Program Act or Senate Bill No. 150 is […]

PS-DBM’s purchase of ‘outdated, overpriced’ laptops a great disservice to teachers

A great disservice to teachers. This is how Senator Win Gatchalian described the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management’s (PS-DBM) purchase of outdated and overpriced laptops, which ended up depriving teachers of much-needed equipment for teaching amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.   In its 2021 report on the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Audit […]

Bill to provide laptops for all public school learners filed

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to provide a laptop for all K to 12 learners enrolled in public schools.   Gatchalian filed Proposed Senate Bill No. 474 or the One Learner, One Laptop Act to ensure that learners can receive quality digital education and distance learning at all times and under […]

Inquiry on impact of COVID-19 school closures ahead of school opening

Weeks before the new school year starts, Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking an inquiry on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic school closures, including recovery mechanisms for the basic education sector.   In filing proposed Senate Resolution No. 11, one of Gatchalian’s priority measures under the 19th Congress, the lawmaker seeks to identify and address […]

Bill filed to strengthen mental health services in basic education

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that seeks to strengthen the promotion and delivery of mental health services in the country’s basic education schools.   Senate Bill No. 379 or the Basic Education Mental Health and Well-Being Promotion Act, one of Gatchalian’s priority measures for the 19th Congress, seeks to urgently counter the negative […]