Thursday, November 3, 2011

A November 3, 2011 press release from the Department of Budget and Management

From the Website of GPH - Government of the Philippines

Right to Educations

A November 3, 2011 press release from the Department of Budget and Management

Consistent with the government’s agenda to promote and develop basic education in the country, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.15 billion to fund various projects of the Department of Education (DepEd).

“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,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said.

 “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 added.

He said DepEd is serious in expediting its progress towards the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and that is why it is aggressively pursuing training and development across all public schools.

Of the P1.15 billion recently released to DepEd, P500 million will cover the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), particularly in improving the learning outcomes determined in the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) of the schools; as well as to procure school supplies necessary in classroom teaching. This was released directly to DepEd’s 16 regional units.

Meanwhile, a total of P483.8 million was released to fund teachers’ training, scholarship and fellowship grants, capacity building for non-teaching personnel, among other human resourced development activities. This release is charged from the P1.157-billion budget for Human Resources Training and Development.

Of the P483.8 million, P179 million will be used for the National English Proficiency Program.  Also, P74.7 million has been released for the Madrasah Education Program of DepEd in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao.

Another P104 million was infused by the government to cover the repair and rehabilitation of elementary and secondary school buildings in various locations. Lastly, P60 million was released to cover the acquisition of 52,630 armchairs and 1,169 teachers’ tables and chair will furnish 1,169 classrooms (725 for elementary and 444 for secondary) out of the 1,430 classrooms to be constructed from current year’s releases from the P1-billion DepEd School Building Program.

Of the P192-billion regular budget of DepEd for 2011, P171.2 billion have already been released by DBM to the agency as of September 30, 2011.

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