/ 5 November 2022

THE COUNTRY’S recovery from Covid19 should also uphold the welfare of children, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said amid the celebration of National Children’s Month this November.

Gatchalian said that the Covid19 pandemic also took a toll on children, especially during the imposition of lockdowns.

Aside from learning loss for lack of face-to-face classes, children became more exposed to different forms of violence and mental health issues at the height of pandemic restrictions.

“Sa patuloy na pagbangon natin mula sa pandemya, mahalagang tutukan natin ang kapakanan ng ating mga kabataan, lalo na’t kasama sila sa mga pinaka-apektado ng pinsalang dulot ng Covid19,” the senator said.

While the resumption of full face-to-face classes is a significant step forward, Gatchalian stressed the need to strengthen measures that will address the pandemic’s impact on children’s well-being.

These include the implementation of genuine learning recovery, sustained psychosocial intervention and child protection measures.

“Mahalagang hakbang ang muling pagbabalik ng face-to-face classes, ngunit marami pa tayong maaaring gawin upang lalo pang itaguyod ang kaligtasan at kapakanan ng ating mga kabataan,” the chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education said.