Incoming Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that he will be pushing reforms in the education sector.
During the “Alay Lakad” walk for a cause held in Batangas on November 21, 2018, Go said that he will be exerting efforts for free school supplies for public school students as well as the increase in the salary of teachers.
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Bong Go Page
“Many of our youths do not have money to buy the things that they need in school, so school supplies and other requirements should be free.”, Go stated.
Go pointed out that although some local government units (LGUs) are already providing free school supplies, the same should be done nationwide.
The Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) also added, “Hindi lahat ng LGUs pantay-pantay kaya hindi lahat kaya magbigay ng libreng school supplies tulad ng notebooks. National concern ang mabigyan ng tulong ang mga estudyante na makatapos ng pag-aaral kung kaya’t pag-aaralan ko paano maging national program ito na pwedeng idagdag sa budget ng Department of Education.”
Go also gave an update on the appeal to increase the salaries of teachers adding that he will personally look into the matter.
Go said, “I will certainly be following this matter up with the President. But I know this will push through right after the salary standardization. Just like our policemen, they will be the next to benefit.”
The former presidential aide also believes that although it will not materialize immediately, the increase in the wages of teachers that President Duterte promised will happen.
He said, “President Duterte promised it during the convention of school principals in Davao City and I know he would fulfill it.”
It would be remembered that it’s not only Bong Go who’s pushing for the welfare of students and teachers. Fellow senatoriable Sonny Angara also worked on a bill on increasing the salary of teachers at 40, 000 pesos.
The two are already assured of senate seats as they both made it to the winning list of senators with Go at third place and Angara at sixth. With their victory and impending terms as senators, teachers hope that they will pursue their advocacies for the education sector.
Credits/Source: The Summit Express