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This week’s News that matter:
Law on Mandatory Vision Screening in Young Learners Signed
- PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte signed the law allocating P10 million for the implementation of a national vision screening program (NVSP) aimed at helping screen kindergarten pupils for visual problems.
- Republic Act (RA) 11357 or the National Vision Act mandates the conduct of a simple vision screening test on kindergarten pupils through trained teachers and health personnel to identify children with possible visual problems.
- “Pursuant to Article 2, Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution, it is hereby declared the policy of the State to protect qnd promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them,” the law reads.
- “In line with this policy, the State shall endeavor to promote every Filipino’s full potential through good vision by creating ways and means to address vision problems, including blindness, among children,” it adds.RA 11357 intends to identify early childhood visual problems and provide immediate attention to visually-impaired kindergarten pupils.
Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand eighteen.
[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11358]
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL VISION SCREENING PROGRAM FOR KINDERGARTEN PUPILS AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “National Vision Screening Act”.
SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – Pursuant to Article II, Section 15 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, it is hereby declared the policy of the State to protect and promote the right to health the people and instill health consciousness among them. In line with this policy, the State shall endeavor to promote every Filipino’s full potential through good vision by creating ways and means to address vision problems, including blindness, among children.
Towards this end, the State shall institute a program that will help screen the school children for visual problems.
SEC. 3. Establishment of a National Vision Screening Program. – A National Vision Screening Program (NVSP) is hereby established under the Department of Education (DepEd) which is primarily intended to screen the eye vision of kindergarten pupils.
SEC. 4. Program Objectives. — The objectives of the NVSP are:
(a) To conduct a simple vision screening test on kindergarten pupils through trained teachers and health personnel and identify pupils with possible visual problems;
(b) To identify early childhood visual problems;
(c) To provide immediate attention to visually impaired kindergarten pupils and create a referral system so that they may be checked and treated by eye care practitioners;
(d) To develop a vision screening results database for all kindergarten pupils; and
(e) To conduct continuing research on the state of visual impairment among kindergarten pupils.
SEC. 5. Program Implementation. – The DepEd shall lead the implementation of the NVSP, in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI), which is under the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines (UP).
In the implementation of the NVSP, the DepEd shall: ;
(a) In coordination with the DOH and the PERI, administer the vision screening program to all public kindergarten pupils using a Vision Screening Kit which includes charts with symbols or numbers, occluders, and transparent response key: Provided,
That the DOH and the PERI may recommend to adopt new modes or methods of vision screening based on the latest trends and developments;
(b) In coordination with the DOH and the PERI, train and certify teachers in conducting the vision screening program:
(c) In consultation with the DOH and the PERI, develop a system of referral and corrective measures for kindergarten pupils who are suspected or diagnosed to have possible eye ailments;
(d) Create a vision screening database containing the results of the screening per child and visual conditions diagnoses by the eye care practitioners; and
(e) Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the NVSP.
Private schools shall be encouraged to adopt their own system of vision screening for kindergarten pupils enrolled in their respective schools, subject to standards under the NVSP.
SEC. 6. PhilHealth’s Benefit Package. – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHculth) shall develop a benefit package for the consultation and treatment of eye diseases of children.
SEC. 7. Vision. Screening Training. – The PERI shall be mainly responsible for the training of Vision Screening Trainers for purposes of quality assurance. It shall likewise recommend the appropriate Vision Screening material to be used.
SEC. 8. Research. – The DOH and the PERI shall conduct research and provide evidence-based recommendations to the DepEd on matters pertaining to the NVSP. Furthermore, the PERI shall perform continuing research on childhood related eye vision ailments.
SEC. 9. Vision Screening Results Database Sharing. – The vision screening database containing the results of the screening per child and visual conditions diagnosed by the eye care practitioner and other data gathered shall be shared by and among the DepEd, the DOH, and the PERT and other concerned agencies of government.
SEC. 10. The Vision Screening Continuing Research Fund. – There is hereby created a Vision Screening Continuing Research (VSCR) Fund to be sourced from any donation or bequest made to the DepEd, the DOH or the PERI in favor of the NVSP which shall be subject to existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations. The VSCR Fund shall be used to fund the PERI for its continuing research program in connection with childhood related eye vision ailments.
SEC. 11. Tax Exemption. – All grants, bequests, endowments, donations and contributions made to the DepEd, the DOH, or the PERI for the NVSP and for the VSCR Fund to be used actually, directly and exclusively by the DepEd, the DOH, or the PERI for the NVSP and for the VSCR Fund shall be exempt from donor’s tax and the same shall be allowed as allowable deduction from the gross income of the donor for purposes of computing the taxable income of the donor in accordance with the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1907, as amended.
SEC. 12. Appropriations. – The amount of Ten million pesos (PI0,000,000.00) shall be included in the budget of the PERI of the University of the Philippines – Manila to cover the implementation of this Act for public kindergarten pupils. Thereafter, such sum as may be needed for the continued implementation of this Act shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.
However, for kindergarten pupils enrolled in private schools, the funding for the implementation of their respective school’s vision screening program shall be assumed by the private schools concerned.
SEC. 13. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – Within ninety (90) days from the approval of this Act, the DepEd, the DOH, and the PERI shall formulate the implementing rules and regulations of this Act.
SEC. 14. Separability Clause. — If any provision of this Act is held invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not so declared shall remain in force and effect.
SEC. 15. Repealing Clause. — All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or amended accordingly.
SEC. 16. Effectiuity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
VICENTE SOTTO III
President of the Senate
GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO
Speaker of the House of Representatives
This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines on May 22,2019 and May 21, 2019, respectively.
MYRA MARIE D. VILLARICA
Secretary of the Senate
DANTE ROBERTO P. MALING
Acting Secretary General House of Representatives
Approved: JULY 31, 2019
RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
President of the Philippines
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