By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has expressed his strong support to the Department of Education (DepEd) as Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio wraps up her first 100 days as education secretary.
“I would like to express my strong support to the efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure the safe resumption of face-to-face classes for our country’s more than 28 million learners,” he said.
The senator is confident that the Vice President will be able to “maximize her political capital to ensure the implementation of much-needed reforms.”
Gatchalian also stressed that opening of face-to-face classes should no longer be moved as schools have been closed for the past two years.
“Makalipas ang mahigit dalawang taon ng pandemya ng COVID-19, hindi na natin maaaring ipagpaliban pa ang ligtas na pagbabalik ng ating mga kabataan sa kanilang mga paaralan, lalo na’t ang kawalan ng face-to-face classes ay inaasahang magdudulot ng matinding pinsala sa edukasyon at sa ating ekonomiya,” he said.
“The safe reopening of schools and the implementation of learning recovery measures, however, are only among the first steps towards the recovery of the basic education sector and to reverse the crisis that hounds it,” Gatchalian added.
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, he vowed to continue to work with the DepEd and all other stakeholders to address the most urgent concerns.(ai/mtvn)