MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.15 billion to fund various projects aimed at improving basic education in the country.
"The Aquino administration is committed to strengthening basic education as a core strategy of the government in investing in our country’s greatest resource: the people," said Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said, in a statement.
"The learning process in basic education is critical, for it assures the basic building blocks that will capacitate our children to take on higher education or already work after graduation. With this, the government ensures significant funding support not only to meet our Millennium Development Goals in basic education but also to help our youth achieve their full potential,” he said.
The Department of Educatiion (DepEd) is expediting its programs to achieve the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
Of the P1.15 billion released to DepEd, P500 million was allotted for maintenance and operating expenses. This goes to programs aimed at improving the learning outcomes determined in the schools' Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) and procuring school supplies necessary in classroom teaching. The funds were directly released to the DepEd’s 16 regional units.
Meanwhile, P483.8 million will fund teachers’ training, scholarship and fellowship grants, capacity building for non-teaching personnel and other human resource development activities.
Some P179 million will be used for the National English Proficiency Program, while P74.7 million was given to the Madrasah Education Program of DepEd in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.
The government released P104 million for the repair and rehabilitation of elementary and secondary school buildings in various locations.
Some P60 million was for the acquisition of 52,630 armchairs and 1,169 teachers’ tables and chairs that will furnish 1,169 classrooms out of the 1,430 classrooms to be constructed from this year's P1-billion DepEd School Building Program.
The DBM has already released P171.2 billion to the DepED as of September 30. The DepEd's budget for 2011 is P192 billion.