Gov’t urged to continue education reforms; solon seeks more laws



Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara.

MANILA, Philippines — The government should continue pushing for reforms in education in order to sustain its momentum from last year, a lawmaker said.

Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara felt that while 2012 had been a good year, “we can definitely make 2013 better.”

To do this, Angara said that it was important that improvements to the country’s education system continued as these would help in creating economic opportunities.

“We must stay focused on the primary issues of the country which are education, the economy and job generation,” he said, pointing out that having a strong education system is as important as the government’s campaign against corruption.

“I believe our president has thrived in the fight against corruption. But this must be translated to an effective fight against poverty and for a better standard of living,” said Angara, chairman of the committee on higher and technical education at the House of Representatives.

“Every Filipino citizen deserves quality education. But a key issue here is that a person’s education must be tailored to their needs, abilities and context. The approach must not be one-size-fits-all,” he said.

Last year saw the enactment of the Universal Kindergarten Education Act (Republic Act No. 10157) and Angara is optimistic that next in line would be the Early Years Act (House Bill 6694) and the Special Education Act (HB 6547).

A measure which seeks to institutionalize and strengthen the National Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Program for children from zero (0) to four (4) years old, the Early Years Act is set to be studied by a bicameral conference committee this year.

The Aurora legislator was hopeful that 2013 would be the year of the passage and enactment of the SPED Act, the Bill of Rights for New Graduates (HB 5915), and HB 395 which aims to raise public school teachers’ salaries from salary grade (SG) 10 to SG 19.

“We’ve already enshrined education as a right in our Constitution. Now it’s up to government to make sure that nobody gets left behind,” he said.

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  • Pers

    moooooooooooooooooooooneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ang kailangan pag walang pera useless ang batas .

  • zeroko

    Puro palabas. How can these legislators says “to seek more laws”, eh sila nga ang number one na law breakers. Pre-campaign lang yan. Pa porma. Even the devil can cite some lines in the bible, how much more our politicians. Wise talaga!

  • Guest

    Mga parekoy, ang mga tulad ni Sonny Angara ang dapat iluklok sa Senado. Ang galing-galing ng batang ito. Wala pa yatang kwarenta anyos, nakatapos ng masters sa London School of Economics at nakapag PhD pa. Sabay may law degree pa at naging tagapagsalita ng prosekyusyon noong impeachment. Kung ako ang pagpipiliin, syempre si Sonny Angara ang gusto ko. Ang galing galing ng batang ito. Marami syang teyorya at batas na nalalaman at gustong ipasa. Kung wala si Sonny Angara sa Senado, sigurado akong hindi mapapasa ang budget ng APECO para sa 2014. Kaya mga katoto, ihalal natin si Sonny Angara. Ang pag-asa ng bayan. Sa litrato pa lang, bidang bida na.

    • tukmoldinako

      nakapagaral sa batas, pero di alam ang panggugulang nila sa sa mga indegenous people of Aurora, kung maka totoo sya, sya na mismo ang tututol sa APECO. Magaling nga yan si Sonny, iboto yan para lalong lumakas ang Dynasty. LOL

      • carlos_premacio

        Dynasty. Kung naging Sonny Kolokoy na may PhD sa Londo School of Economics, may law degree and under 40 tatakbo kaya sa Senado? Enriching themselves with the White Elephant APECO costing us the taxpayers billions of pesos. Not a model for young people. 

  • joboni96

    huwag naman

    pasakit na nga ang 3 taong
    dagdag na gastos

    bago maka graduate ng high school
    ang mga anak namin

    huwag ng iboto
    isa pang angara

    magbibigay lang din ito
    ng negosyong edukasyon
    sa mga mayaman na

  • KateDulce

    With the huge budget signed, plus the addition of the SinTax bill, we can definitely afford to raise our standards for education and ang focus naman talaga dapat natin ay education. Education ang makapagbibigay pag asa para sa mga gustong umahon sa kahirapan. 

    • RobertVelez

      tama ka diyan…kung tutuusin talaga, maayos na edukasyon para sa lahat lang naman ang kailangan ng bansa natin eh.. pag mas edukado ang mga tao, mas makaboboto ng maayos, dadami din ang trabaho, tataas din ang kalidad ng kaalaman ng mga mamamayan.. 

      sana talaga matuloy ang mga project na to sonny.. aasa ako sayo.. boboto ako sayo..

  • PaulynTayag

    Education, education, education. 
    This is what we need.
    This is what will generate a prosperous future.

    The children will not be the future,
    if they will not be educated well.

    Higher standards and higher quality,
    education is what will make this country
    a First world country,

    and I’m hopeful that this dream will become
    a reality.

  • Your_King

    No major gains or improvement in education under the Aquino administration. Claims by Aquino that money gets channeled to the education department is not an indicator that education has improved in the Philippines.

  • disqusted0fu

    Education reforms are much more important than RH, Sin Tax and Cybercrime. You can just see the priorities of this administration. If this is what they mean with their “straight path” then that path is leading to nowhere good.

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