The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pasig Representative Roman Romulo adopted House Resolution (HR) 1059, urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to formulate and implement national guidelines on the emergency transfer of learners affected by natural and human-induced disasters in basic education institutions.
Romulo expressed dismay that learners who are victims of disasters are burdened with the added difficulty of producing numerous documents required by the receiving schools, despite the existence of the Learner Information System (LIS).
“The LIS contains student information, including the unique Learner Reference Number assigned to each student from the time of enrollment until their graduation regardless if they transfer schools.”
He explained that the LIS contains student information, including the unique Learner Reference Number assigned to each student from the time of enrollment until their graduation regardless if they transfer schools.
HR 1059 provides that ensuring that learners enjoy their right to education at all times by taking positive measures favorable to learners, even in times of crises, becomes a policy of the State. It would usher in the standardization of processes and protocols for the emergency transfer of learners.
Meanwhile, the panel suspended deliberations on the substitute bill to HBs 928, 1723, 5589, 1585, and 7666 or the proposed “Expanded Government Assistance to Students, Teachers, and Schools in the Private Basic Education Act.”
Deliberations for HB 8393, ensuring the alignment of basic education and early childhood education, were also suspended.
The suspensions were made to accommodate more inputs from stakeholders to fine-tune the bills.