With three typhoons expected to hit the country this month, a lawmaker has proposed to move the opening of the school year to September from June.
Actress and Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla of Cavite province made the push under her House Bill 104 which changes the school year to September to May from June to March.
Mercado-Revilla, a member of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats, noted that as much as 30 days are reduced from the number of school days because of the typhoons that frequent the country during the rainy months of June, July and August.
“Torrential rains and massive flooding have often disrupted classes in all levels, lessening the time of the students to gain knowledge and causing adverse effects on the health and safety of students and teachers. These would not have happened if classes start at the latter part of the year,” Mercado-Revilla pointed out.
Her measure, Mercado-Revilla cited, will address the vulnerability of students in the elementary level who can’t immediately go home in the event of a class suspension due to flooding because they have to wait for their parents of relatives to fetch them. Worse, the fetchers could be working in places far from the school.
Likewise, Mercado-Revilla invoked that the flooding also exposes children to illnesses such as leptospirosis, fever, dengue and respiratory diseases.
“This bill will ensure that the students will conveniently complete the required 200 school days as well as the safety to and from their school,” Mercado-Revilla added in closing.
Mercado-Revilla is the wife of actor and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.