Two committees of the House of Representatives approved on Tuesday, February 23, a resolution which calls on the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to support teachers during the implementation of the blended and distance learning.
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, and the Committee on Higher and Technical Education quickly approved House Bill No. 1103 initiated by Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano in August last year.
The measure appeals to the House of Representative to “urgently” call on the DepEd and the CHED to support teachers.
Teachers, he said, are “in great need of face masks, sanitizing alcohol and PPE to go about their work in educating students in the midst of this pandemic”.
The resolution also asks the government agencies to provide, if possible, tablets, laptops, and internet connection “in order to conduct remote learning”.
In supporting the appeal, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party List Rep. France Castro asked her colleagues to also pass her bill calling for the provision of a P1,500 monthly internet allowance for public school teachers.
President Duterte, on Monday, rejected anew the proposal for the resumption of face-to-face classes pending the mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).