THE Department of Education (DepEd) will again get the biggest allocation from the P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd a few days before Christmas.
For this year, it will receive a P364.958-billion outlay, which will cover basic education needs of at least 20,880,791 students in the kindergarten, elementary and secondary school levels.
Under the proposed budget for DepEd, a total of P53.9 billion will be used for provision and maintenance of basic educational facilities, covering construction of 31,728 classrooms and repair of 9,500 others, development of 13,586 water and sanitation facilities and procurement of 1.3 million armchairs.
It will also be used for the construction of 455 technical vocational laboratories for senior high school students, and procurement of 70 million learning materials, 7, 733 science and mathematics equipment, 24, 208 e-classroom packages, among other expenditures.
The budget also covers the hiring of 39,066 new teachers nationwide to augment the DepEd workforce.
Meanwhile, a total of P1.96 billion has been allocated by the Education department for its Abot Alam program, which aims for zero out-of-school youth nationwide.
DepEd is also implementing a school-based feeding program for “severely-wasted” and “wasted” learners with a budget of P1.6 billion for next year.
A total of P2.1 billion was also allocated for the training of public school teachers. Around P1.5 billion will be used for retooling of teachers during their summer K-to-12 training. The rest will be downloaded to the divisions for their in-service training for new teachers.
The Education department has also set aside a total of P200 million for land and school acquisition, and P231.9 billion for school maintenance and other operating expenses.
According to DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo, the amount is almost18 percent higher than the 2014 allocation of P336.9 billion.