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  • DILG in ECCD Council, plantilla positions for child dev’t workers: EDCOM 2 bills seeks to improve early childhood education

    An EDCOM 2 bill filed by EDCOM 2 Commissioner Representative Francisco “Kiko” Benitez seeks to align early childhood education and basic education in the Philippines.  Asked during a Rappler interview what the intentions of the law are, Rep. Benitez said that “the first is obviously an alignment between the expectations from DepEd, and what we…

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  • EDCOM 2 urges CHEd: Allocate more higher ed dev’t fund to private institutions

    The use of the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHEd) Higher Education Development Fund must be balanced between private and public higher educational institutions (HEIs). This is the call of EDCOM 2 (Second Congressional Commission on Education) Commissioner Senator Joel Villanueva to CHEd during the agency’s budget hearing on Monday.  “96% ng [HEDF] ay nasa public,…

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  • Prioritize the poorest in college subsidy – EDCOM 2

    EDCOM 2 (Second Congressional Commission on Education) Co-Chairperson Senator Sherwin Gatchalian noted that the share of the poorest scholars under the Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program has continuously declined since 2018.  “The law is very clear on prioritization. We should prioritize Listahanan and 4Ps because they’re the poorest of the poor. But over the years,…

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  • National Scientist Among 23 UPPEJA Fellows; Top PH Scholars to Help in EDCOM 2 Reforms 

    The University of the Philippines named 23 researchers as President Edgardo J. Angara (UPPEJA) Fellows in a ceremony held today, September 26, 2023, attended by UP President Angelo Jimenez, EDCOM 2 Co-Chairpersons Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Representative Roman Romulo, and EDCOM 2 Commissioners Senator Sonny Angara, Senator Pia Cayetano, Senator Joel Villanueva, and members of…

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  • EDCOM 2 urges TESDA: Ensure grads are certified

    EDCOM 2 Co-Chairperson and Senate Basic Education Committee Chair Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and EDCOM 2 Commissioner Senator Joel Villanueva flagged that the government wasted an estimated P2.77 billion on community-based TESDA scholars that did not undergo assessment.  “If you look at the data…community-based ay napakalaki ng total, eh.”, Villanueva said, pointing out that, according to…

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  • Despite high employment rate, TESDA grads earn below minimum wage

    EDCOM 2 Commissioner Senator Joel Villanueva noticed that, while the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) touts that 8 out of 10 TESDA graduates are employed, most of them earn below minimum wage.  “If this trend will continue to go on, we’re only allowing them to land jobs below minimum wage and there’s no…

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  • Learning camp not capturing students who need it most – Gatchalian

    Senate Committee on Basic Education Chairperson and EDCOM 2 Co-Chairperson Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday raised the issue of the DepEd’s learning camp project not capturing those students who need it the most.  “I have had the opportunity to look at the National Learning Camp…My initial reaction is that it seems to me that the…

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  • Sen. Pia to DepEd: Find ways to fast-track textbook procurement, delivery

    Senator Pia Cayetano on Monday urged the Department of Education to explore ways to deliver learning materials to students.  “Since 2012, the only grade levels that had complete textbooks were Grades 5 and 6…Otherwise, no textbooks ang [Kinder], [Grades] 1-3 – talagang none – very few sa Grade 10, and none in Grade 7”, Cayetano…

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  • Villanueva flags unfilled positions, teacher shortage in DepEd

    EDCOM 2 Commissioner Senator Joel Villanueva flagged the shortage of teachers and the backlog of unfilled positions within the Department of Education, during the Senate committee on finance on the department’s proposed 2024 budget.  “There are 43,014 unfilled positions [in the Department of Education]. From 2022 to 2023, out of 46,000 unfilled positions, only 3,415…

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  • EDCOM 2 bats for greater investments in nutrition & feeding programs in early years

    The Second Congressional Commission on Education (EDCOM 2) urged the Department of Education to reallocate funds to support the ECCD Council’s nutrition and feeding programs for children ages 0-5, during the hearing of the Senate committee on finance on the department’s proposed 2024 budget.  EDCOM 2 Commissioner and Senior Vice Chairperson of the Senate Finance…

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