PH teachers’ pay should be at par with ASEAN neighbors

As one of his priority legislations for the 18th Congress, Senator Win Gatchalian filed a bill seeking to increase the salaries of public school teachers in elementary and secondary schools with the rank of Teacher I, Teacher II, and Teacher III. Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 178 increases the salary grade of public school teachers currently […]

Goal for 18th Congress: lower power rates, improve education

The priority bills filed by Senator Win Gatchalian during opening of the 18th Congress reflect his legislative agenda: to lower the cost of electricity in the country and improve the quality of education. “We wanted to have a well-rounded legislative agenda this Congress that focuses on our advocacies: increase the spending power of our consumers by lowering electricity rates and further improve the quality of education in the […]

To DepEd: Hire more guidance counselors to deter bullying in schools

With the opening of the new school year, Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to prioritize the hiring of guidance counselors in elementary and high schools to deter bullying and at the same time provide support to victims of bullying. Gatchalian’s call came in the wake of the DepEd’s revelation that had […]

ROTC bill has safeguards vs student abuse, corruption

Senator Win Gatchalian has sought to assure the public that the Senate version of the bill reinstating the Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) program in senior high school contains sufficient safeguards to protect students against abuse and corruption. In his sponsorship speech for Senate Bill No. 2232, Gatchalian said the establishment of grievance committees, both […]

Majority of Filipinos back ROTC revival

A Pulse Asia survey shows a majority of Filipinos support the return of the Reserve Officers’ Training Course (ROTC) in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian revealed. “According to the Pulse Asia’s latest Ulat ng Bayan Survey conducted on December 14-21 last year, 1,440 of 1,800 respondents or 80 percent agree to the implementation of the […]

Amend Guidance & Counseling Law to address shortage of counselors for Children-at-Risk

Senator Win Gatchalian is considering filing an amendment to Republic Act No. 9258 or the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004 to enable the Department of Education to hire more guidance counselors in schools. The guidance counselors, Gatchalian said, are vital for schools to be able to adequately address the needs of children-at-risk (CARs) in […]

To CHED: Return Filipino, Panitikan to mandatory college curriculum

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to consider reintegrating Filipino and Panitikan into the mandatory college core curriculum once more in light of protests coming from the academe and Filipino literary figures regarding their removal. The lawmaker, who chairs the Senate Sub-Committee on Education Reform, said that after the Supreme […]

To DepEd: Expedite K-12 review, probe on employability of K-12 grads

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its internal review of the K to 12 program amid continuing reports of low employment rates for graduates of the program, stressing that the review of the K to 12 curriculum is important to boost the employability of graduates. “Dahil nga ang hangarin ng […]

Return service agreements for Free Higher Ed beneficiaries

Senator Win Gatchalian urged state and local universities and colleges (SUCs and LUCs) to develop meaningful return service agreements (RSAs) that would instill discipline in students and help them contribute to nation-building. “The Free Higher Education Law allows our students to excel in whichever fields of study they wish to pursue by removing the burden […]