Monday, July 13, 2020

Sen. Hontiveros To DepEd: Provide Laptops, WiFi Allowance To Teachers


Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide laptops or internet-capable devices and WiFi allowance to public school teachers if it plans to push through with the opening of classes on August 24 this year.

“Huwag nating piliting gumastos ang mga guro para makapagturo,” Hontiveros said in a statement after DepEd’s announcement of ‘blended-learning’ classes despite the lack of technological preparations made for teachers. DepEd previously announced that it will be using a ‘blended-learning method’ in which both students and teachers rely on various technologies such as online classes, and television and radio stations.

“Responsibilidad at gastos dapat ng DepEd ang mga ito,” the Senator said, pointing out that teachers have been requesting DepEd to provide for these requirements.

Hontiveros also questioned DepEd’s proposal to have teachers enter into loans with the Government Insurance Service System (GSIS) for laptops worth P20,000.00 or less. The payment of these loans will be debited from the teachers’ salaries.

“This is a non-solution that is grossly unfair and impractical. DepEd should find ways to provide for these laptops and allowance for free. Imbes na pautang, dapat libreng suporta,” she said. “Yung mga sundalo ba natin, pinagbabayad ba natin sila para sa baril nila?” Hontiveros pointed out.

Instead, Hontiveros said that the Special Education Fund (SEF) provided to LGUs could be utilized to provide Wi-Fi allowances to teachers and to loan necessary equipment to them for free. She said DepEd must refine its coordination with LGUs to effectively and efficiently utilize the SEF to respond to the needs of teachers.

The Senator also appealed to DepEd to review the agency’s preparedness to resume classes in August. “There shouldn’t be a ‘race to August’. Failure to properly execute education plans will further widen our inequality gap,” Hontiveros explained.

Hontiveros acknowledged that the problem of education in a ‘new normal’ goes beyond the internet. “We have a long way to go in terms of the availability, affordability and reliability of internet access for the overwhelming majority of our teachers. That is part of our work plan at the Senate,” she said. “DepEd must ensure that teachers and students are synchronized with each other for these changes to be effective.”

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Sec. Nograles: MGCQ Possible For Metro Manila With Proactive Local Lockdowns

A shift of Metro Manila to the least restrictive modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) is possible on July 16 as long as localized lockdowns are imposed immediately.

Usec. Vega: DOH Cites Davao City’s Isolation Of COVID-19 Patients

The Department of Health (DOH) has acknowledged Davao City government’s move to assign only one hospital to cater to patients suspected of and infected with the COVID-19 as one of its best practice.

Mayor Abby: Ospital Ng Makati To Start Virtual Health Services Monday

Makati residents can now avail of virtual health care services from medical doctors of the Ospital ng Makati (OsMak)!

Sen. Gatchalian Urges LGUs: Conduct Blended Learning Dry Run Before Classes Open

"Kung hindi matututo ang ating mga mag-aaral, mag-aaksaya lamang tayo ng panahon at masasayang ang buwis na ginagasta natin upang mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang ating mga mag-aaaral."

Spox. Roque: SC To Decide If ABS-CBN Franchise Can Be Regained

Malacañang said it would defer to the Supreme Court to decide if the network’s franchise can be regained through the proposed "people’s initiative."

Mayor Vico Launches Interest-Free Loan For Economic Recovery

The Pasig City government has officially launched its Tulong at Pampuhunang Ayuda sa Taga-Pasig (TAPAT) program which will offer loans to job seekers, entrepreneurs and businesses starters in the city.

Sec. Nograles: Gov’t Discourages Home-Based Quarantine

“We are now discouraging yung tinatawag na mag home quarantine. Dapat facility quarantine na e."

Mayor Sara: Davao City, Private Sector Join Forces Vs. COVID-19

Davao City and the private sector have initiated complementary initiatives to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 on the local economy while preventing the deadly disease from infecting more residents.

Sec. Año: Motorcycle Back-Riding For Couples Allowed Starting July 10

Back-riding in motorcycles will only be allowed for couples.

SC: Pres. Duterte Public Meetings Prove Ability To Perform Duties

Supreme Court believes PRRD's regular public appearances show that he is actively performing his official duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.