By Liza Soriano
MANILA–Senator Win Gatchalian is pleading with the government to guarantee that the nation’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will safeguard the welfare of children amid the statewide celebration of National Children’s Month this November.
“Sa patuloy na pagbangon natin mula sa pandemya, mahalagang tutukan natin ang kapakanan ng ating mga kabataan, lalo na’t kasama sila sa mga pinaka-apektado ng pinsalang dulot ng COVID-19,” Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education said.
“Mahalagang hakbang ang muling pagbabalik ng face-to-face classes, ngunit marami pa tayong maaaring gawin upang lalo pang itaguyod ang kaligtasan at kapakanan ng ating mga kabataan,” the senator added.
Gatchalian underscored the harm that the COVID-19 pandemic caused to children, particularly when lockdowns were imposed.
In addition to the learning loss brought on by the absence of in-person instruction, Gatchalian noted that during the height of the pandemic restrictions, kids were exposed to increased types of violence and mental health problems, among other things
Gatchalian’s Senate Bill No. 150 or the Academic Recovery and Accessible Learning (ARAL) Act, a priority measure for the 19th Congress to address learning loss, seeks to institute a national learning intervention program that will include well-systematized tutorial sessions and well-designed remediation plans.
It will focus on essential learning competencies in Language, Mathematics, and Science.
The proposed measure also seeks adequate provision of nutritional, social, and emotional health support to ensure the holistic well-being of learners, for them to prosper academically, and build resilience against adversity.
Gatchalian also filed Senate Bill No. 379 or the Basic Education Mental Health and Well-Being Promotion Act, which aims to institutionalize the Mental Health and Well-Being Program. (ai/mtvn)