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A partylist lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to grant a mental health wellness break to all employees and students.
AGBIAG Rep. Michelle Antonio filed House Bill 7400, which seeks to institutionalize mental health wellness breaks of three days for both employees and students.
The bill provides that employees are entitled to full compensation for those breaks, while students are excused from their classes with a condition that the break is availed of only during regular class days, and not on examination days.
In her explanatory note, Antonio stressed the need for the government to address the mental health problem, considering that mental illness ranks third in the most common disabilities in the country — affecting one of five of the hundred million Filipinos.
Antonio said the three-day mental health wellness break would give employees and students the “opportunity to reassess positively their mental well-being with the help of professionals.”

Solon to CHEd: Fast-track free college implementation

Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00 Published in Nation

A partylist lawmaker the other day urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to fast-track the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
1-Ang Edukasyon Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. said CHEd, along with the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) board, only has two to five months to execute the law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR), including the needed mechanisms and procedures.
Belaro noted that most state universities and colleges (SUCs) still have June as the start of this academic year, while some SUCs are shifting to August as school opening.
“It is now incumbent upon the CHEd and UniFAST to make up for valuable lost time and do a full court press,” he said.
“It might make things easier to make all the SUCs start their academic year in August. CHEd chairs the governing boards of all SUCs and through that position, they can convince the SUCs to shift to August,” he added.
He urged CHEd to create an online portal allowing the public to monitor the progress of the law’s implementation in real-time down to the regional office level of the agency.
“CHEd and UniFAST should have learned by now from the mistakes in how the K to 12 Transition Program was done. They had better get it all right this time around because 900,000 SUC students will be affected if they bungle this,” he said, alluding to previous reports that CHEd has failed to release the living allowances of some 9,500 K-12 Transition Scholars.
Belaro also noted that while the IRR of the free college education is about to be published soon, UniFAST failed to comply with the October 2017 deadline for its publishing.
He stressed the need for accountability for UniFAST’s failure to meet the deadline.
“It is now March 2018, six months after the deadline. Now I understand the CHEd and UniFAST board have had rough months while Dr. Patricia Licuanan was CHEd chairperson, but the law did set a deadline and UniFAST failed to meet that deadline,” he said.
“People in the UniFAST Secretariat must be held accountable and liable,” he added. 

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said recently it is important to establish clear educational qualifications standards to land quality jobs for Filipinos.
During a meeting on the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10968 or the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF), Briones said transparent education levels attained through education, training, work, and other sources of lifelong learning increase the chance of Filipinos to get quality work opportunities.
“The law will standardize and make transparent the process of recognizing qualifications, provide for equivalencies and credit transfers, and facilitate flexible learning pathways across education, training and work. It will expand the recognition of qualifications acquired through experience, non-formal instruction and settings,” Briones said.
The present PQF has eight qualification levels, each of which systematically describes qualifications in terms of knowledge, skills and values, application, and degree of independence.
Providing predictability, comparability and quality assurance of qualifications, the PQF will facilitate recognition of skills and competencies acquired outside formal education and training. It can also facilitate the matching of education and skills to job requirements with sufficient industry linkages.
Briones said it is quite difficult to make the PQF more relevant to all Filipinos because the economy has a large informal sector and is characterized by geographic imbalances.
She suggested that maximizing the PQF as a platform for coordination among the government, industry and education (GIE) sectors could be an effective means to improve its relevance.
“This GIE coordination should take up broad concerns, not just to develop the supply side, which is human resources, but also the demand side, which is the development and creation of quality jobs. We can make the PQF system more relevant by making it a platform for institutionalized GIE coordination, working toward coherent strategies in human resource development, employment, industrial policy, and national development,” she added.
The PQF Act, signed by President Duterte last January 16, gives sufficient bases for GIE coordination.
Among those who attended the meeting were Labor and Employment Director Dominique Tutay, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta, Higher Education Commissioner Lillian de las Llagas, and Professional Regulation Commission Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. 


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