Safe school reopening plan needed

Senator Win Gatchalian said the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) should have a “safe school reopening plan” to prevent another surge of COVID-19 cases.   While the DepEd has yet to finalize the opening of classes for the School Year (SY) 2020-2021, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic […]

Increased role of TV, radio needed in learning continuity amid extended ECQ

As the Department of Education (DepEd) plans for the continuity of learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Win Gatchalian has proposed an increased use of traditional broadcast media platforms such as television and radio to reach more of the country’s 27.2 million learners.   According to Gatchalian, using television and radio would complement on-going efforts […]

To DepEd: Provide psychosocial support to distressed learners amid health crisis

In its intent to leverage online platforms for continued learning delivery, Senator Win Gatchalian said the Department of Education (DepEd) should maximize using the same tool to provide psychosocial support to distressed learners especially with an extended Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).   Under DepEd memorandum No.042 s. 2020 issued last March 15, teachers can explore […]

For online-based education, DepEd should include geographically disadvantaged learners

Leave no learner behind. This is Senator Win Gatchalian’s call to the Department of Education (DepEd) as it mulls online-based education for the next school year in the event of a prolonged crisis due to COVID-19.   DepEd has recently launched the online platform “DepEd Commons,” which allows public school teachers to support distance learning, […]

To lending firms: Waive penalties for delayed teachers’ loan payments during lockdown

Senator Win Gatchalian echoes reminders for private lending institutions accredited under the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Automatic Payroll Deduction System (APDS) to comply on not imposing penalties for late payments as the country combats the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   In a March 20 letter addressed to private lending institutions accredited under the APDS, DepEd […]

Release last tranche of 2018-2019 student subsidies to bear virus brunt

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging both the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to fast-track the release of the last tranche of student subsidies for school year 2018-2019 under their respective programs: the Senior High School Voucher Program (SHS VP) and the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES). According to Gatchalian, this […]

Shortage in health workers; more medical scholarships needed

The shortage of health workers nationwide will have serious implications on the health of Filipinos especially at this critical stage of public health emergency brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is a concern that Senator Win Gatchalian raised following infections of 132,000 worldwide, including 64 cases from the Philippines.   To emphasize this […]

To DepEd: Suspend graduation rites to contain COVID-19 spread

Following the declaration of a state of public health emergency in the country over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Senator Win Gatchalian has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to suspend graduation rites, including Preschool graduations and moving-up ceremonies nationwide. He says Daycare graduation rites should likewise be suspended.   The lawmaker earlier cautioned DepEd to […]

Graduation rites should be COVID-19-free

As graduation season kicks off this month, Senator Win Gatchalian urges the Department of Education’s (DepEd) task force on the novel coronavirus to ensure schools’ strict adherence to health authorities’ safety recommendations on public gatherings.   The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture made this call amid growing global concern on the […]