/ 18 January 2022

KABATAAN Partylist  Representative Sarah Jane Elago filed resolutions at the House of Representatives seeking academic health breaks for the victims of Typhoon Odette.

House Resolution 2443 urged the Commission on Higher Education, the Department of Education and other national agencies to implement measures to assist typhoon victims.

Elago also filed House Resolution 2444 that urges CHED and DepEd to implement a health break in all educational institutions amid the spike in Covid19 cases.

Meanwhile, Bayan Muna Chairperson Neri Colmenares supported the call for a two-week health and wellness break.

“With more people getting sick, many of our academic personnel are dealing with  Covid-19 or ill family members. And despite sickness, our teachers are still tending to their classes,” Colmeranes said.

“The same can be said for students who still attend online classes even after testing positive or having flu symptoms,” he added.

The break, he said, should give teachers enough time to recover and destress from the anxiety caused by the pandemic.

“This academic break should be unconditional. Walang kaltas sa sweldo o leave allowance. In this crisis, all the more, we need to be compassionate and give our teachers and students time to pause and recover without strings attached,” Colmenares said.