Philippine education budget increased 25%

Let’s hope the 25% will be enough to cover all the current shortages (teachers, rooms and textbooks) and even more with the new K-12 system being rolled out. Still, I am not sure the increase will be enough.

From BusinessWorld Philippines

July 10, 2012

Education gets bulk of budget

THE DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd) received the biggest share in the proposed 2013 national budget President Benigno S. C. Aquino III approved last Friday, as the government aims to close the classroom and teacher gaps by next year.

The DepEd will get P292.7 billion in 2013, 22.56% higher than the P238.8 billion it received this year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said in a statement yesterday.

This will support the deployment of K+12 (kindergarten plus 12 years) reforms approved last April. Under the new scheme, students will be required to take one year of kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high school (Grades 11 to 12).

A total of 31,789 classrooms will be constructed and rehabilitated next year, complete with furniture and sanitation facilities.

Some 61,510 teachers will also be hired, while 31.1 million textbooks and teachers’ manuals will be procured.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways will get the second-biggest share with P152.9 billion, increasing by a fifth from P126.4 billion.

The Department of National Defense is third, responsible for P121.6 billion, 12.48% up from P108.1 billion.

It is followed by the Department of Interior and Local Government, allocated P120.8 billion next year, climbing by a fifth from the P99.8 billion it received this year.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) got a budget of P74.1 billion, after complaints from officials that anything lower would endanger the Aquino administration’s goal of achieving rice self-sufficiency by 2013. The DA’s budget proposal stood at about P71 billion but its agency cap was initially set at P45.75 billion, well below its current allocation of P61.4 billion.

The Department of Health will account for P56.8 billion in the 2013 national budget, up by nearly a quarter from the P45.8 billion this year. “This amount will support the coverage of 5.2 million poor households under the National Health Insurance Program, the construction and rehabilitation of 2,243 rural health units and 403 district hospitals, and the deployment of 22,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals to the barrios,” DBM said.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development will get P56.2 billion, 15.16% more than its current share of P48.8 billion. “Bulk of this amount, at P44.3 billion, will support the coverage of 3.8 million indigent households under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, from the targeted 2.3 million households this year,” DBM said.

Completing the top 10 agencies with the largest budgets are: the Department of Transportation and Communication (P37.1 billion), the Department of Finance (P33.2 billion) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (P23.7 billion).

The P2.006-trillion proposed national budget will be presented to Congress on July 24, a day after the State of the Nation Address in hopes of having it enacted into law by yearend so spending can start promptly in 2013. — D. C. J. Jiao

Article location : http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Education gets bulk of budget&id=54936

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