CHED urged to open courses for rail transit professionals

Noting the need to produce local railway engineers, planners, and experts, Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to partner with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in institutionalizing courses aimed at creating a competent workforce to manage the country’s mass rail transit systems. “One of the problems confronting our rail sector over […]

Gatchalian wants job placement program for K-12 grads

Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to work with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to strengthen job placement mechanisms for senior high school graduates who wish to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. This month, an estimated 1.4 million students will become the first set of Grade 12 graduates […]

Free tuition “opt-out” is voluntary, should not be forced

During the Rise for Education Alliance’s Gathering for Education Forum earlier this week, Senator Win Gatchalian clarified that the “opt-out” provision of RA 10931, otherwise known as the Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act, is purely voluntarily, and that students should not be forced to opt-out of the full tuition and other fees subsidy for […]

To CHED: Ensure strict compliance with tuition hike rules

Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure strict compliance with rules and regulations regarding the utilization of tuition and other school fees as it prepares to consider the applications of hundreds of private higher educational institutions (HEIs) hoping to impose fee hikes. “CHED must ensure that the income […]

DepEd supports fight against human trafficking

Senator Win Gatchalian expressed his gratitude to the Department of Education (DepEd) for throwing its full support behind his measure, the Human Trafficking Preventive Education Program Act (Senate Bill No. 992), which aims to protect the youth from becoming victims of human trafficking. “Although everyone is focused on the fight against drugs, human trafficking remains […]

To DepEd: Prioritize digital literacy

Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the Department of Education (DepEd) to prioritize digital literacy programs in schools to produce digital-savvy graduates who will be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. “Most job opportunities nowadays, especially in lucrative emerging fields, require significant digital know-how. We should nurture the digital communication […]

Delayed release of teachers’ bonuses “unacceptable”

Senator Win Gatchalian is calling on the Department of Education (DepEd) to make institutional reforms to solve the perennial issue of delays in the delivery of performance-based bonuses of public school teachers — a problem of DepEd since school year 2012-2013. As of now, teacher have yet to receive their bonuses for school year 2016-2017. […]

Gatchalian: Make teachers salary increases top budgetary priority

Senator Win Gatchalian on Tuesday said that increasing the salaries of public school teachers should be a top priority of the government as it begins the process of crafting the 2019 budget. “For much too long now, the modest salaries of teachers have not been commensurate to their critical contributions to society as mentors and […]

Gatchalian: Integrate ALS into gov’t drug rehab programs

Senator Win Gatchalian on Tuesday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to pursue the integration of alternative learning system (ALS) opportunities into government-run drug rehabilitation programs. “I believe that inspiring recovering drug dependents with hope for a better future through education will strengthen their resolve to overcome their addictions. Hope is a powerful anti-drug,” said Gatchalian, who […]