Solons seek creation of National Parent Council

LAWMAKERS have filed a bill creating the National Parent Council that will strengthen the role of parents associations and secure the well-being of school children.

Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) filed House Bill 6601 that establishes an appropriate body for an effective and continuing coordination between the Department of Education and the parents associations nationwide.

A National Parent Council shall be established, composed of representatives elected from among the Provincial Parents Associations.

The National Parent Council shall act as an advisory body to the DepEd and shall be attached to the Office of the Secretary for effective liaison and coordination.

The Council shall participate in the formulation of national guidelines as it refers to policies and procedures governing school fees, visual aids and practical application for curricular activities.

Macapagal-Arroyo said “there is a need for a strategic collaboration between parents, teachers, school management, the community and the students if we want them to have the best possible education.”

“With strengthened parents associations, the well-being of our children, who will carry on the task of nation building, will be secured,” Macapagal-Arroyo said.

“Also, it is the right and duty of parents to organize themselves and form associations for the purpose of ventilating their ideas in relation to the proper and effective education of their children,” Macapagal-Arroyo added.

Under the measure, school authorities shall encourage, support and cooperate in the organization of parents associations.

Barangay, municipal, city and provincial officials shall provide the necessary assistance and support to parent associations especially in the implementation of the school-based activities and projects.

The DepEd shall give due recognition, importance and support to parent associations as partners in providing accessible and quality education.

The measure requires a parent representative to the Committee on Education or its equivalent in the Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as well as to the advisory body of each school, to be elected from among the members of municipal, city and provincial parent associations.

Furthermore, the existence of a dynamic and effective parents association in a school shall be required by qualified accrediting agencies as an evaluative criterion for the accreditation of the school.

All contributions, gifts, donations and bequests by members of the parents associations in favor of duly-approved projects that form part of the school plans shall be exempted from taxes.

The network of parents associations established on a per-school basis, organized at the municipality and provincial levels may form a Provincial parent association.

Under the bill, the Council shall assist in monitoring, overseeing and evaluating the implementation of school infrastructure projects through the municipality and provincial associations, the appropriate DepEd regional, provincial or municipal office.

Also, the Council shall assist in monitoring, overseeing and evaluating the implementation of school infrastructure projects.

The Council shall create specialized committees and appoint members not only from within the Council but also from the municipal, city or provincial parents associations to help address specific concerns.

The Council may request the cooperation of any barangay, municipal, city, provincial or national official on any matter deemed necessary.

A National Parents Association Week shall be held during the first week of February in order to highlight and give recognition to the achievements and importance of parents associations in their role in giving accessible and quality education to the children.

Nationwide activities including the holding of the Annual General Assembly of the National Parent Council shall be undertaken and drawn up by the Council.

The DepEd shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to carry out the objectives of this Act.

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