/ 5 July 2022

SENATOR Loren Legarda on Monday filed the proposed One Tablet, One Student Act as the first Senate bill in the 19th Congress.

Being the most senior senator in the 19th Congress, Legarda was given the privilege to file the first 10 bills in the chamber.

Senate Bill 1 or the One Tablet, One Student bill seeks to provide each public school student in elementary, secondary and state universities and colleges with a tablet computer to enable them to participate in online classes effectively.

Legarda also filed other bills that aim to improve the education system in the country.

Senate Bill 2 or the Magna Carta of Public-School Teachers seeks to institutionalize a revised Magna Carta for Public School Teachers that can promote, protect and uphold their rights and respond to their needs.

Senate Bill 3 or the Magna Carta for Private School Teachers seeks to promote and improve the social and economic status of private school teachers, their living and working conditions, terms of employment and career prospects.

Senate Bill 4 or the Act Upgrading the Minimum Salaries of Public School Teachers and Personnel aims to upgrade the minimum salaries of public school teachers to Salary Grade 15, teaching personnel in higher education to Salary Grade 16 and non-teaching personnel to P16,000.

Legarda also filed the proposed Technical Education, Training and Certification Act of 2022 and other bills.

“We just filed the first batch of our priority bills today, which are mostly zeroed in on the edification of the country’s education and livelihood system. We prioritized these measures as we believe they are very timely and that we must act on them immediately to address the pressing needs of our society,” Legarda said.