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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



16 September 2021 02:52:38 PM

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo and the Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, in a joint online meeting Thursday, approved the amended Substitute Bill that would create a Congressional Oversight Committee (COC) on Education. The COC on Education would review and assess the state of Philippine education, as well as recommend policy reforms to harmonize and enhance the policies and programs of basic, technical-vocational, and higher education. The bill substituted House Joint Resolutions 26 and 27. The COC on Education would be composed of five members from the House of Representatives and five from the Senate. The Chairpersons of the Senate Committees on Basic Education, Arts and Culture and on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, as well as the Chairpersons of the House Committees on Basic Education and Culture and on Higher and Technical Education, would serve as Co-Chairpersons of the COC on Education. Among the bill’s objectives are: 1) address existing problems, challenges, and issues faced by the country’s educational system; 2) harmonize the policies and programs of the three foci of the country’s educational system, namely, the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), including those of the other manpower development bodies; and 3) institutionalize educational reforms necessary to meet the new challenges to education, such as the implementation of blended learning for basic education and flexible learning for higher education and postsecondary tech-voc education and training as part of the adjustments and responses to the global pandemic, as well as the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Meanwhile, in the subsequent regular meeting of the Committee on Basic Education and Culture, the panel approved the creation of a technical working group that would craft the substitute bill to proposals to integrate local history in the Basic Education Curriculum These are House Bill 2693 filed by Bacolod City Rep. Greg Gasataya, HB 4841 by Deputy Speaker Deogracias Savellano, HB 5123 by Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte and Magdalo Rep. Manuel Cabochan III, and HB 8621 by the Makabayan bloc.