Ex-pres. Arroyo’s bill creating SPED centers to be fine-tuned
Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s proposed measure creating municipal special education centers for deaf-mute and blind children will undergo fine-tuning.
The House committee on higher and technical education has created a technical working group (TWG) to do the job, said committee chair Rep. Ann Hofer.
The TWG is specifically tasked to work on House Bill 2213, principally authored by Arroyo and aims to address the problem of limited special education (SPED) facilities through the establishment of Municipal Special Education Centers for deaf-mute and blind children throughout the country.
Arroyo’s bill seeks to fulfill the constitutional mandate that the State shall “promote the right of all citizens to quality education and to make such education accessible to all.”
“As compared to normal children, deaf-mute and blind children have different and special needs which require careful attention and care,” said Arroyo.
The bill is timely and important as it seeks to address the problem of limited SPED facilities by establishing Municipal Special Education Centers for deaf-mute and blind children, she said.
Arroyo said the bill seeks to ensure ease of accessibility for such children to SPED facilities in every municipality throughout the country.
The bill covers hearing, speech, and eyesight impaired children from birth to 18 years of age.
It mandates the Department of Education (DepEd), in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), to promulgate and issue the necessary implementing guidelines for the creation of SPED centers.
The bill also seeks funding for the centers.
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