Higher Education Institutions should defer tuition hike petitions

Senator Win Gatchalian urged private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to defer their tuition hike petitions while most families have been struggling with financial woes since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.   Some HEIs submitted their tuition hike applications even prior to the enforcement of lockdown measures, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). […]

National Academy of Sports Act signed

The education system is entering the ‘new normal’ with stronger support for Filipino athletes. Senator Win Gatchalian hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the National Academy of Sports (NAS) Act that will finally institutionalize financial, infrastructural, and policy support for aspiring Filipino athletes.   According to Gatchalian, who co-authored and sponsored the law, the NAS […]

Acceleration of DepEd’s digital transformation needed

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the acceleration of the Department of Education (DepEd)’s digital transformation as the education sector enters the ‘new normal’ in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Gatchalian said among the online services that should be expedited now are enrollment, payments, grades submissions, and parent-teacher meetings. Through Senate Bill No. […]

Subsidies to private schools needed

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the national government to give subsidies that would keep private schools afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that neglecting these institutions would lead to drastic effects such as overly-crowded public schools and unemployment among teachers and staff.   To help ease the burden on private schools that continue to pay […]

Bill to strengthen local governments’ role in education amid pandemic filed

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that will strengthen the involvement of local government units (LGUs) in providing inclusive and quality education, a move that will boost the education sector’s efforts to ‘build back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Senate Bill No. 1579 or the 21st Century School Boards Act amends Republic Act […]

Bill to establish “New Normal” education filed

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill that mandates the preparation of a Safe Schools Reopening Plan (SSRP) under the “New Normal” in education.   Under Senate Bill No. 1565 or the Education in the New Normal Act, the SSRP guides the reopening of all public and private basic education institutions in the event and […]

Bill authorizing class opening beyond August gets Senate nod

The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill that gives the President the authority to postpone the opening of classes beyond August.   Senator Win Gatchalian, co-author and sponsor of Senate Bill No. 1541, thanked his colleagues for recognizing the urgency of the proposed measure and giving their approval before the sine […]

School opening should be risk-based

With the start of the enrollment period and the transition to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), Senator Win Gatchalian emphasized that class opening should be guided by a risk-based approach to address safety and health concerns for students, teachers, parents, and other school personnel to help prevent the spread of […]

Mobilize parent-teacher associations in Learning Continuity Plan roll-out

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to have dialogues with parent-teacher associations (PTAs) to address lingering concerns in the roll-out of the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) for SY 2020-2021.   Gatchalian emphasized that dialogues should adhere to practices that protect oneself and the others from coronavirus, such as social distancing measures. […]