Philippines' House of Representatives Approves DepEd's K to 12

MANILA, Philippines - With a 198-8 vote, the House of Representatives on Monday, November 19, passed on third and final reading the K-to-12 bill that will add two years to the country's 10-year basic education.

The Representatives who voted against the bill:

Davao Oriental Rep Thelma Almario

Bayan Muna party-list Reps Teddy CasiƱo and Neri Colmenares

Gabriela party-list Reps Emmi De Jesus and Luz Ilagan

Anakpawis party-list Rep Rafael Mariano

Kabataan party-list Rep Raymond Palatino

ACT Teachers party-list Rep Antonio Tinio


Luz Ilagan: "The budget of the Department of Education for next year is only 292 billion, how will we implement this properly?"

Raymond Palatino: "Instead of rushing, my proposal is that we review first the implementaion of universal kindergarten program, Deped's gradeschool program and finally, the final testing of K-to-12 for this school year,"

Thelma Almario: “We should act with extreme caution. Haste makes waste. This will only bear down on the Department of Education’s limited resources,” 

The representatives who opposed the bill come from party lists associated with the education sector, women's rights and the working class, yet DepEd's K to 12 was approved.