Gatchalian hails law providing tax relief to private schools

Senator Win Gatchalian hailed the signing of a law that would grant tax relief to private schools, a move that the lawmaker said would help them stay afloat amid the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Republic Act No. 11635, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on December 10, 2021, further amends Section […]

Gatchalian: Uphold children’s welfare in post-Odette relief efforts, rehabilitation

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to uphold the safety and welfare of children in Odette-hit areas.   Aside from providing child-friendly spaces, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture pressed the urgency of […]

NCR schools join dry run of limited face-to-face classes; continued vigilance needed

While Senator Win Gatchalian welcomed the addition of more schools in the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes, he pressed the need for continued vigilance especially as the world monitors the threat of the Omicron variant. For Gatchalian, expanding the pilot run of in-person learning should go hand-in-hand with accelerated vaccination of teachers and eligible […]

Gatchalian seeks ramped up vaccination of minors, teachers amid Omicron threat

Senator Win Gatchalian is pressing to accelerate the vaccination of minors and teachers following the global alarm on the COVID-19 variant Omicron. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Omicron a variant of concern on November 26. While preliminary evidence suggests that Omicron poses an increased risk to reinfection, it remains unclear whether the variant is […]

Strengthen local school boards as gov’t eyes ‘full devolution’ in 2022

With the national government set to fully devolve basic services and facilities to local government units (LGUs) in 2022, Senator Win Gatchalian says local school boards should be strengthened in their capacity to deliver educational programs and services. For Gatchalian, strengthening local school boards complements the full devolution of government services to LGUs; Last year, […]

To DepEd: Fill up thousands of vacant teaching positions

While the Department of Education (DepEd) is seeking an additional P2.58 billion in 2022 to hire 10,000 teachers, more than 30,000 teaching positions are yet to be filled as of September this year. For Senator Win Gatchalian, this should push the DepEd to accelerate its hiring process and fill the remaining vacancies. DepEd officials explained […]

Adequate funding needed for Senior High School financial assistance

The Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS-VP) is in peril with its budget facing a looming decline of P.8.7 billion for the next fiscal year, Senator Win Gatchalian said. Under the 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP), only P16.5 billion was allotted to the SHS-VP; With this projected budget, the number of beneficiaries is expected to […]