Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is proposing for the senate to review the implementations of the two laws created during the pandemic: the Republic Act No. 10929 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act and the RA No. 10650 or the Open Distance Learning Act.
Gatchalian has filed Proposed Resolution No. 59, which wants to review if the two laws are effective for education and learning institutions. The move also wants to identify if there are things that need to be improved or addressed in the said laws.
The senator also said that there are still problems in the implementation of the said laws, especially when the health crisis pushed the educational sector to suspend face-to-face classes and move to distance learning.
With the Free Internet Access to Public Places act, the goal is to provide free internet access in public places across the Philippines, especially in public schools, learning centers, TESDA schools, and more.
However, only 945 schools, or only 2% of the total public schools in the country got free public WiFi as of January 29, 2022.
Meanwhile, the Open Distance Learning Act wanted to improve the access to tertiary education.
The law stated that distance education should be used as an efficient, appropriate, and effective system to provide quality technical and higher education services to Filipinos. However, there are only at least 10 reputable higher education students that offer distance education.
Here is a list of online schools in the Philippines.
Via: Manila Bulletin