MANILA, Philippines – Hindi sapat ang badyet ng Department of Education para makumpleto ang lahat ng proyektong magpapabuti sa basic education ng bansa.
Ito ang tahasang sinabi ni Vice President at Education Secretary Sara Duterte nitong Miyerkules, Agosto 30, kaugnay ng proposed P758 bilyon na badyet ng DepEd para sa fiscal year 2024.
Natanong kasi ni Albay Representative Edcel Lagman kung kulang ba ang budget ng ahensya sa ilalim ng 2024 National Expenditure Program (NEP) para sa priority projects at programs nito.
“Yes, there is not enough budget to address all the projects and the programs the Department of Education wants to implement to improve basic education in our country,” sinabi ni Duterte.
Humihirit ang DepEd ng P758.6 bilyon na badyet para sa 2024, 5.1% itong mas mataas sa badyet ng ahensya ngayong taon.
Sa 1987 Constitution, sinasabing “the State shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education.”
“For the next fiscal year, we requested approximately P900 billion for the budget of the Department of Education. We were approved approximately 700 billion in the National Expenditure Program,” ani Duterte.
“We intend to address the congestion in the classrooms, the lacking of classrooms, and the shortage of teachers by levering technology and using the asynchronous and synchronous styles of delivery in teaching,” pagpapatuloy ni Duterte.
“We are trying to innovate in coming up with solutions, considering that we recognize the insufficiency of budgets across all departments,” dagdag pa niya. RNT/JGC