Friday, September 25, 2020

De Lima Bats For More ‘Study Spaces’ For Students, Reviewers

De Lima Bats For More ‘Study Spaces’ For Students, Reviewers

Spotlight

7 Commandments To Revitalize The Country Safely

Medical experts recommend strict health protocols for public transportation.

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

EDC Donates PCR Machines To Enhance Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 Resiliency

Energy Development Corporation donates equipment worth P8.5-million to Negros Oriental.

CeMAP, PISI Express Full Support For Bayanihan To Recover As One Act

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and Philippine Iron and Steel Institute announce full support to the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Senator Leila M. de Lima has urged local government units (LGUs) to create more study spaces such as public libraries and reading centers for students and reviewers for licensure examinations in need of a place to study even after-school hours.

De Lima, who chairs the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, said these study spaces will provide students and young professionals alternative places in lieu of restaurants and coffee shops.

“Due to lack of 24/7 libraries or study spaces, young people stay in fast-food chains, coffee shops, and other similar places, to study during exam weeks even on wee hours. While this is a continuing practice, not all establishments are student-friendly,” she said.

“We hope that the government, particularly the LGUs, could invest for more public spaces and libraries in their localities to allow young people to study without need to worry about spending for food or drinks or being asked to leave,” she added.

De Lima made the statement after literature professor Ian Rosales Casocot took issue against a fast-food chain’s advisory banning students from staying in its premises, prompting calls by the students themselves for more public libraries and spaces for them. Casocot questioned a fast-food chain’s policy that discourages students from studying inside its restaurant. After his post went viral, some students expressed dismay over the ban as they urged the government to provide adequate study areas for them.

“Young people and professionals are looking for spaces where they can study and work. Unfortunately, our public libraries and reading centers do not attract students because they are mostly not properly kept and maintained,” De Lima noted.

“We need to revisit how we are investing in our public libraries. Despite existence of laws regulating public libraries and promoting the practice of librarianship, we continue to lag behind in meeting up the demands and expectations of our young people,” she added.

According to her, the national government and LGUs should encourage partnerships with the private sector and non-governmental organizations in modernizing and innovating our public libraries and reading centers.

De Lima said the government should give due priority to improving our public libraries, which includes improving their infrastructure and facilities, increasing discussion rooms and co-working spaces, and the hiring of licensed librarians and support staff.

“Our public libraries and reading centers should strive in creating a conducive environment that is being attractively offered by most coffee shops. We need to be responsive to the different learning styles of our young people now,” she pointed out.

Known as a prisoner of conscience, De Lima has consistently maintained that no amount of lies and vilifications by political manipulators and even paid trolls could prevent her from fulfilling her mandate as a Senator and speaking up on significant issues.

Latest News

Usec. Vergeire: Critical Utilization Rate In PH Hospitals Has Improved

Vergeire believes that the critical utilization rate in public and private hospitals nationwide with regard to the country’s COVID-19 response has improved. Do you agree on this?

Dagupan Teachers Undergo COVID-19 Rapid Testing

Over 1,000 teachers in Dagupan gear up for the nearing opening of classes by availing the free rapid testing of the city.

Mayor Isko: Biz, Livelihood In Manila Protected Amid COVID-19

Mayor Isko assures the protection of businesses and livelihood in Manila amid the pandemic.

PH COVID-19 Cases Rise By 2,833; Recoveries Now 231,373

DOH reports 2,833 new COVID-19 infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 294,591 with only 58,127 active cases on Wednesday.

Paulo and Michelle Take Their Relationship To The Next Stage In ‘Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin’

Wanna keep up with the real score between Paulo and Michelle? Then don't forget to watch "Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin" weeknights on Kapamilya Online Live!

Pres. Duterte: Helping Refugees Shared Responsibility Of All Nations

“In the face of a mounting refugee crisis worldwide, let us work together towards ending the conflicts and conditions that force people to flee their homes.”

Mayor Joy Sets Rules On Cemeteries, Columbaria Visits

Mayor Joy issues a set of rules to be for those who whill observe All Souls' Day.

NCRPO Boosts Measures To Protect Personnel From COVID-19

NCRPO establishes Station Health Units in five police districts in Metro Manila to address the rising number of police personnel infected with the COVID-19.

Pres. Duterte: Climate Change Must Be Addressed As Urgently As COVID-19

“The same urgency needed to fight Covid-19 is needed to address the climate crisis. This is a global challenge that has worsened existing inequalities and vulnerabilities from within and between nations.”