Famous parents hail Loren Legarda’s ‘One Tablet, One Student’ Bill
The “One Tablet, One Student Act of 2021” was tabled by former broadcaster and three-term senator, Loren Legarda.
A number of famous parents have publicly expressed their approval of Bill 10405, also known as “One Tablet, One Student Act of 2021”. Tabled by former broadcaster and senator Loren Legarda for three terms, the bill seeks to provide every public elementary and secondary school student, as well as those enrolled in state universities and colleges (SCU), with their own tablet as a learning tool.
Seen as a definite boost to the eagerness and ability of public school students to continue learning, columnist, real estate broker and proud owner of Kamuning artisan bakery, Wilson Lee Flores said, “This bill is a good idea to help equalize educational opportunities for the public of schoolchildren all over the Philippines who have suffered from lack of technological gadgets. ”He recommended next steps to include“ cost reduction and nationwide expansion better, faster Internet services “.
Likewise, actor-director Cesar Montano noted: “The bill, once enacted, will reduce the great disadvantage that poor people experience in education. It will provide equal opportunities to learn and to excel. Sana ang susunod naman, malakas at matatag na Internet on everyone. “
Singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid considers the bill “great news”, adding: “It would help all students a lot.”
(Clockwise from top left) Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Cesar Montano and Wilson Flores have publicly expressed their support for the bill.
Comedy queen Ai-Ai de las Alas, who has herself been approached countless times by students and parents asking for tablet donations, also said: “Sana totoong ma-provide sa lahat, lalo na yung mga mahihirap. Sa Pasig may freeng tablet, pero hindi lahat nabibigyan kaya maraming nanghihingi its similar to email. “
Metro Pacific Group Chief Financial and Sustainability Officer and loving mother Chaye Cabal-Revilla spoke from the heart of a parent when she said, “It’s OK with me as a learning tool. , but it should have restrictions regarding time and access [of use]. A tablet can be a double-edged sword. When used correctly it can be a useful learning tool, but it can also be a distraction if given without limits. “
Legarda’s bill also advocates that students who already have their own personal learning gadgets should instead receive educational assistance in the form of an internet stipend to cover the cost of connectivity.
The returning senator, who, as a former chairman of the Senate finance committee, introduced numerous interventions in the budget allocation of the education sector. She urged both houses of Congress, which are currently working on the 2022 national budget proposal, to consider allocating funds for the said program. She believes it will significantly help public school students adjust to online learning mode amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
As Senate finance president and sponsor of previous general appropriation laws, Legarda introduced budget amendments to fund free college education, free tuition for medical students in SUCs, and free wifi in all. SUCs, among others.
Based on data from DepEd, 27 million primary and secondary school students are enrolled for the current school year. On the other hand, there are around 1.6 million enrolled in SUCs and local universities and colleges (LUC), based on data from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). These figures do not include the teachers themselves who also need such devices.
“While the proposed allocation is staggering, we need to ensure that our students each have access to resources that would help them cope with changes in our education system to ensure that, despite restrictions in traditional course modalities, our students always receive the kind of quality education they deserve, ”said Legarda.
In a letter to Speaker of the House Lord Allan Velasco and Speaker of the House Eric Go Yap, Legarda proposed to increase DepEd’s proposed budget by 154 billion pesos to fund the implementation of “A tablet, a student ‘starting next year.
“There is no better investment than education to help reduce poverty and build a sustainable and progressive nation. We need to invest enough support in the education of our young people so that they can take advantage of more opportunities to eventually be employed as professionals and productive members of our society, ”said Legarda.