/ 4 February 2021

CAMARINES Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte wants teachers to be provided with the tools and time to master a variety of technological skills.

He filed House Bill 8532 or the proposed Teacher Technology Access Act, which seeks to provide computer innovative assistance training programs to teachers in basic education.

Villafuerte said that teachers in elementary and secondary education should also be given the tools to redesign their lesson plans around technology-enhanced resources and take on a complex new role in the technologically transformed classroom.

However, the lawmaker lamented that teachers receive little support for fundamental changes, and many are left largely on their own as they struggle to integrate technology into their curricula.

“It is necessary and appropriate that our secondary and elementary teachers are afforded these opportunities in order to fulfill our commitment to providing every child with a high quality education,” Villafuerte said in his explanatory note.

House Bill 8532 mandates the Secretary of Education to offer or provide computer innovative assistance programs to public elementary and secondary teachers on a scholarship basis.

The program shall include basic computer training programs, technology programs and programs for the acquisition and use of instructional and educational materials, including library services and materials relating to software and hardware instructional use.