Class opening beyond August proposed

A bill that seeks to allow the opening of classes beyond August has reached the Senate floor.   Senator Win Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, sponsored Senate Bill No. 1541, which amends Section 3 of Republic Act No. 7797 or  “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from […]

Creation of National Education Council to ‘build back better’ from COVID-19 impact needed

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill proposing the creation of a ‘National Education Council’ (NEDCO) to institutionalize national coordination and harmonization of policies among the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).   Senate Bill No. 1526 mandates NEDCO to create a […]

Increased support needed for learners with disabilities amid COVID-19 threat

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure the continued education of learners with disabilities or special needs in the roll-out of its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) for school year 2020-2021. Gatchalian said that addressing the needs of these learners would prevent them from dropping out.   While DepEd is set to […]

Senate review needed for backlog on ‘Free Wi-Fi for All’ implementation

As schools prepare to make distance learning the norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry on the implementation of Republic Act No.10929 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act (FIAPPA).   Senate Resolution No. 392 specifically aims to determine the law’s implementation coverage and […]

‘National Academy of Sports’ bicam report ratified

Following Congress’ ratification of a bicameral conference committee report to establish the ‘National Academy of Sports (NAS),’ Senator Win Gatchalian said this means a significant boost in the development of sports in the country and develop world-class Filipino athletes.   On the part of the Senate, Senator Win Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, headed […]

Resolution seeking inquiry on COVID-19 impact on basic education filed

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking a Senate inquiry that would assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s basic education system.   Senate Resolution No. 391, which calls for an inquiry in aid of legislation, aims to guide government response that would mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on schools. The inquiry would also […]

Learning from home, the “new normal” in schools for SY 2020-2021

Learning from home. This is the “new normal” that Senator Win Gatchalian sees for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 that will ensure the safety and continued education of the country’s more than 27 million learners amid the threat of COVID-19.   The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture said that with […]

Senate approves ALS bill on third reading amid COVID-19

The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to institutionalize the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and establish an ALS Community Learning Center (CLC) in every city and municipality in the country.   According to Senator Win Gatchalian, principal author of the Alternative Learning System Act, putting up ALS CLCs in […]

Special Education Fund should be used for safe school reopening

To help schools prepare for a safe reopening this coming school year, Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking more flexibility on the use of the Special Education Fund (SEF) allotted to local school boards.   According to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, giving local school boards more leeway on […]