Following the increase in the number of deaths by suicide in recent years, Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution seeking a Senate inquiry into the implementation of the Mental Health Act (Republic Act No. 11036).
Citing the lack of studies on the use of mother tongue-based education in a multilingual setting prior to the policy’s implementation, Senator Win Gatchalian described the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the Philippines as an experiment.
Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking the stronger involvement of local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of early childhood care and development (ECCD) programs.
While the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) policy under the K to 12 Law mandates the use of learners’ first language as the medium of instruction for Grades 1 to 3, some schools end up using regional languages that children are unfamiliar with.
Senator Win Gatchalian is proposing to institutionalize the holding of local education summits at least once a year to discuss issues, reforms, and programs.
Amid on-going efforts to review the K to 12 program, Senator Win Gatchalian identified a challenge that the Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM II) should address: how to help the four out of 10 learners who enter Grade 1 but end up leaving school by Grade 10.
Senator Win Gatchalian received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the Bulacan State University (BulSU) in recognition of his education advocacies, including his role in the passage of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (Republic Act No. 10931) or the free higher education law.
Following the release of a report which showed the Philippines lagging behind its East and Southeast Asian peers in terms of skills, Senator Win Gatchalian pressed the urgency of implementing reforms to boost Filipinos’ competitiveness.
Senator Win Gatchalian is proposing an enhanced back- to-school program in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to address enrollment woes in the region.