Gatchalian seeks inquiry on free internet, distance learning laws

Gatchalian seeks inquiry on free internet, distance learning laws

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a bill seeking to conduct an inquiry on the two laws namely Free Internet Access in Public Places Act and the Open Distance Learning Act regarding its implementation.

“Bagama’t meron tayong mga batas na nakatulong sana sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning, may mga pagkukulang pa rin tayong dapat punuan upang matiyak ang tuloy-tuloy at dekalidad na edukasyon sa gitna ng krisis. Kailangan nating tugunan ang mga hamong ito upang matiyak natin na walang mag-aaral ang mapagkakaitan ng edukasyon sa panahon ng mga sakuna at anumang emergency situation,” the senator said.

Gatchalian filed Proposed Resolution No. 59 to assess the two laws’ performance at educational facilities and learning centers.

The legislator also wants to find and fix implementation problems, obstacles, and gaps.

Gatchalian also noted that it is still difficult to put these principles into practice, particularly in light of the COVID-19 epidemic that forced a switch from in-person instruction to online instruction.

The Free Internet Access in Public Places Act was enacted to provide free internet access to internet service in public places nationwide. Meanwhile, Open Distance Learning Act institutionalized Open Distance Learning (ODL) to expand and further democratize access to quality tertiary education.

The law mandates the use of distance education as an appropriate, efficient, and effective system of delivering quality higher and technical educational services in the country. (ai/mtvn)

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