Duterte signs law on vision screening for kindergarten students

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 01 2019 05:51 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte signed Wednesday a law requiring vision screening for kindergarten students.

Republic Act No. 11358 or the National Vision Screening Act mandates both public and private schools to check on the vision of kindergarten students to identify early childhood vision problems.

It aims to provide immediate attention to visually impaired kindergarten students as well as aid in continuing research on visual impairment among children.

A National Vision Screening Program will also be established under the new measure which will be led by the Department of Education, Department of Health, and the Philippine Eye Research Institute (PERI).

An initial P10-million funding will be given to the PERI to cover the implementation of the law in public schools. 

Private schools, meanwhile, are mandated to shoulder the costs of vision screening of their kindergarten students.

Succeeding funding for the implementation of the law will be included in the country's national budget.