On classrooms as isolation facilities: Better for LGUs to have own evacuation centers

While the Department of Education (DepEd) has allowed the use of 17,910 classrooms in the National Capital Region (NCR) as isolation and quarantine facilities, Senator Win Gatchalian said that a permanent evacuation center in every city and municipality should be part of the country’s efforts to ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Though Republic Act […]

‘Academic freeze’ will increase learning losses, inequalities

While Senator Win Gatchalian was one of the first to propose a deferment of the supposed August 24 class opening to a later date due to uncertainties brought about by the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, he strongly opposes an ‘academic freeze’, warning that it would end up increasing learning losses and inequalities among the […]

Gov’t should invest heavily in education amid COVID-19 recession

With the Philippines officially in recession and growth in the education sector down 12.2 percent according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for adequate education funding in the country’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.   The pandemic’s impact on the education sector is manifested in private school enrollment, said Gatchalian. Based on the Department of Education (DepED) data as of August […]

Senate review on content quality for remote lessons needed

After the Department of Education (DepEd) TV drew flak for grammatical and typographical errors on some of its episodes, Senator Win Gatchalian is eyeing a Senate inquiry on the content of lessons to be used for distance learning.   DepEd started the test broadcast of TV episodes on state-run Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) and Solar […]

Strong anti-cyberbullying measures needed as start of classes nears

With few more days to go before classes formally begin this school year, Senator Win Gatchalian is calling for strong enforcement of anti-cyberbullying measures in schools to combat learners’ increased exposure to harassment and threats amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   Gatchalian cited Republic Act No. 10627 or the “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013,” which requires all elementary and secondary schools to […]

On flexible learning transition: Assist small private universities with financial woes

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking increased government support for small and medium-sized private universities’ transition to flexible learning amid the CoViD-19 pandemic. A flexible approach to teaching and learning means students can learn when, where and how they prefer it to be.   In a Senate panel hearing, Gatchalian raised that these smaller institutions have […]