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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gordon pushes HEAP bill passage

People’s Journal

Majority of public school pupils have dental cavities that affect their performance in school, Sen. Richard J. Gordon said yesterday.

This is one of the reasons why Gordon is pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 2402 also known as the Health and Education Acceleration Program bill, which aims to improve not only the education system but also the country’s school health profile.

Citing government statistics, Gordon said 997 percent of the country’s school children have tooth decay, which significantly affect their performance and may eventually lead to a poor achievement rate.

“If our students are experiencing toothache, how can they concentrate in school? Instead of listening to the teacher’s lesson, their focus would be on the pain they feel. That’s something we need to address,” he said.

He noted that the country’s health personnel-student ration is at one medical officer is to 80,000 students; one school dentist is to 20,000 students; and one school nurse is to 5,000 students.

The senator explained that hen the HEAP bill is passed into law, telecommunications companies would be mandated to remit 50 percent of their net revenues from local text messages, which will help augment government resources to finance needed education and health infrastructures.

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