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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



23 February 2021 04:26:47 PM

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo in a joint hearing with the Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go approved the substitute bill to House Bill 8441 Tuesday , in consolidation with HB 7983. The measure, introduced by Romulo and Deputy Speaker Wes Gatchalian seeks to improve the quality of student teachers and teachers by further enhancing the Teacher Education Council. It would amend Republic Act 7784 or the law strengthening teacher education in the Philippines by establishing centers for excellence and creating a Teacher Education Council for the purpose. The substitute bill seeks to institutionalize a scholarship program for student teachers. Romulo said the reason for amending RA 7784 is the poor results of the competitive examination of Filipino students in international learning assessments. “The results of the competitive examination for our students, sa PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), sa SEA-PLM (Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics), lahat po yun mababa tayo,” Romulo said. In the same hearing, the panel adopted HR 1467 authored by Romulo. The proposal urges all local government units (LGUs) to pass an ordinance waiving all regulatory fees due from private educational institutions in basic education, technical and vocational, as well as in higher education. Also adopted was HR 1103, urgently calling out to the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to support teachers by providing face masks, sanitizing alcohol, protective physical equipment (PPE) and if possible: tablets, laptops and internet connection most especially during this global COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The measure is authored by Deputy Speaker Deogracias Victor Savellano. HR 722 introduced by ACT-TEACHERS Party-list Rep. France Castro was likewise adopted. The resolution urges the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and DepEd to report to Congress their programs and activities in compliance with their mandates under RA 11304, otherwise known as the Philippine-American War Memorial Day Act. Meanwhile the panel suspended deliberation on HB 647 pending amendment to the title and provisions of the bill. The resolution would grant free college entrance examinations to graduating high school students, high school graduates, college entrants or transferees applying for admission in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) as well as to the underprivileged public high school students belonging to the top 10% of the graduating class applying for admission in private higher education institutions (HEIs). The bill was introduced by Parañaque City Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting.