“Education in the Better Normal” law to boost the creation of the Public Education Network

To boost the creation of the Public Education Network (PEN) that will connect all public schools and Department of Education (DepEd) offices nationwide, Senator Win Gatchalian  pushes for his ‘Education in the Better Normal’ bill’s passage which will help accelerate the education department’s digital transformation.   In his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA), […]

Government needs to take ABS-CBN’s offer to support distance learning

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the government to take the offer of ABS-CBN for the use of its transmission network and educational programs to support the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), a move that he says would assist millions of households and learners when the school year opens on August 24.   […]

Accessible interventions needed for learners with disabilities

Amid the celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week, Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing to increase access to early interventions and diagnosis for learners with disabilities, especially now that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens their access to essential health and education services.   It was learned during a Senate panel hearing that less than […]

To telcos: Provide free connectivity to all learners to assist learning continuity

Senator Win Gatchalian is appealing to telecommunication giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to provide all learners with free connectivity to help in the roll-out of distance learning for the reopening of classes.   While modular distance learning or the use of printed and digital self-learning modules is the most preferred learning modality among enrolled […]

After enrollment dip, government aid needed for private schools

Senator Win Gatchalian raised the urgency of giving government aid to struggling private schools as enrollment in these institutions reached only 24.3 percent from last year’s 4 million.   Out of 20,220,507 learners enrolled nationwide as of July 15, only 1,050,437 are enrolled in private schools. The Department of Education (DepEd) also reported that 323,524 […]

Healthy eating habits for children needed against COVID-19

While imposing new taxes on ‘junk food’ could help curb children’s consumption of food with little or no nutritional value, Senator Win Gatchalian says it is equally important to protect children from harmful commercial marketing that promotes unhealthy products.   A study released this year by the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund […]

To LGUs: Conduct blended learning dry run before classes open

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging local government units (LGUs) to initiate dry runs of their localized versions of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) ‘Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) with more than a month to go before classes reopen.   While the DepEd is set to conduct dry runs of distance learning in the first week of […]

COVID-19 threatens gender equality; interventions needed to keep girls in school

Following the release of an International Labour Organization (ILO) report on how the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting young people, especially women, Senator Win Gatchalian says the Department of Education (DepEd) should have a targeted approach to prevent more girls from dropping out of school as we enter into the final stretch of enrollment.   […]

Train, hire K to 12 graduates as contact tracers

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the government to train and hire K to 12 graduates to meet the country’s demands for contact tracers to fight COVID-19.   Though the K to 12 program promises to boost the employability of its graduates, Gatchalian emphasized that the economic crisis resulting from the pandemic made employment opportunities dimmer […]