The Department of Education’s (DepEd) total budget for 2015 rose by 18.6 percent to P367.1 billion from last year’s P309.5 billion, making it the top gainer among government agencies in terms of annual allocation.
In a statement over the weekend, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said DepEd’s budget increment will support the national government’s drive for improving people’s access to quality education, including the successful implementation of the K to 12 Program.
Of the agency’s total budget, P53.9 billion has been allotted for Basic Education Facilities to cover the construction of 31,728 classrooms as well as the repair of 9,500 more.
The amount will also cover construction of 13,586 water and sanitation facilities, 455 technical-vocational laboratories and procurement of 1.3 million seats.
DepEd will also hire more teachers with an allocation of P10.0 billion to create 39,066 new teaching and 1,500 non-teaching positions.
The agency will allocate P3.5 billion to purchase and distribute 70.5 million textbooks and instructional materials to schools nationwide, more than double last year’s allocation of P1.7 billion.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported that state universities and colleges will get a total of P44.4 billion or 16.8 percent higher than their 2014 budget of P38.0 billion.
The department said among its many programs, the national government will continue implementing the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education with a budget of P8.3 billion.
“This program will grant private school scholarships to deserving graduates of public schools even while it decongests the said public schools in the process,” it added.
The DepEd computerization program will also be integral to ongoing modernization of the education system, garnering P8.5 billion to help procure 24,028 ICT Packages.
The Budget department noted that the program will provide public secondary schools with multi-media laboratories to interconnect DepEd secondary schools as well as give public elementary schools computer laboratories equipped with basic multi-media equipment.
This is on top of the computerization program being provided by Department of Trade and Industry to DepEd high schools, it said.
With regard to technical-vocational programs that can help students achieve gainful employment after they graduate, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority received P2.0 billion for the Training-for-Work Scholarship Program to assist 210,526 enrollees.