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USE ALERT LEVELS IN OPENING SCHOOLS – GATCHALIAN

Alert levels that will be assigned to local government units (LGUs) should help determine what schools should be opened after the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes, Senator Win Gatchalian proposed. “If businesses and industries can be managed by alert levels, I think school openings should also be based on alert levels. Because the concept […]

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GIVE SCHOOLS WASH FACILITIES – PEACE PARTY-LIST

“How are schools faring in installing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities?” This was the question posed by an education advocacy group to the Department of Education amid the continued closure of schools. This year, DepEd was allotted a P547-billion Capital Outlay budget for infrastructure needs including wash facilities, classrooms and clinics. “Adequate WASH facilities […]

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CONGRESS URGED TO OK CORRECTIVE LAW ON SCHOOL TAX

Camarines Sur Representative LRay Villafuerte has expressed the hope that the two chambers of the Congress can work overtime to pass corrective legislation defining the tax rates for proprietary schools and allowing them amid the pandemic to enjoy a 1 percent preferential tax rate until June 30, 2023.  Villafuerte said the bill will not be passed on […]

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GIVE TEACHERS LIVING QUARTERS IN SCHOOLS – ANGARA

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the provision of living facilities for public school teachers, especially those who have to travel long distances to get to their schools. “For years we have heard stories of our teachers who have to travel far and oftentimes through rough terrain and even turbulent waters just to reach the […]

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PEACE PARTY-LIST TACKLES TAXATION OF SCHOOLS

With a controversial tax regulation by the Bureau of Internal Revenue looming over educational institutions, an education advocacy group is set to conduct a webinar on taxation to help schools get a better grasp of the issue. The Philippine Educators Alliance for Community Empowerment (PEACE) Party-list will hold the “Education and Taxes: How to Properly […]

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DON’T USE SCHOOLS FOR ISOLATION – GATCHALIAN

While there are more than a thousand public schools currently serving as isolation facilities, Senator Win Gatchalian urged the national government to accelerate the construction of quarantine centers and field hospitals to ease the burden on the country’s health care system. According to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts, and Culture, […]

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SOLVE COMPUTER BACKLOG IN SCHOOLS — GATCHALIAN

Though the Bureau of Customs has repeatedly donated seized gadgets to the Department of Education (DepEd) to support distance learning, Senator Win Gatchalian said the education department should also ensure a more efficient implementation of its own computerization program. The DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) aims to respond to the computer backlog of public schools and […]

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TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – DALOG

A House of Representatives panel has adopted a resolution urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to integrate a mental health awareness course in the K to 12 basic education curriculum for all public and private secondary high schools.  The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture adopted House Resolution 422, which aims to facilitate the […]

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KEEP GIRLS IN SCHOOL AMID COVID-19 CRISIS – GATCHALIAN

Following the release of an International Labour Organization (ILO) report on how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is disproportionately affecting young people, especially women, Senator Win Gatchalian said the Department of Education (DepEd) should have a targeted approach to prevent more girls from dropping out of school as the schools enter the final stretch of […]

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GATCHALIAN: MOBILIZE CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEES VS STUDENT ABUSE

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging public and private basic education institutions to mobilize their Child Protection Committees (CPCs) against violence and abuse on learners. Gatchalian made this call over reports in social media of sexual harassment of students by teachers. The veteran legislator stressed that CPCs should stay vigilant and proactive in monitoring and handling […]