• P4.5B released for classroom upkeep

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    The government is boosting public education system as the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P4.5 billion to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the maintenance of classrooms and the construction of sanitation facilities.

    According to Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, the latest release will be used to cover the repair and rehabilitation of classrooms, including the necessary construction of water sanitation facilities in elementary and secondary public schools all over the country.

    “As we start the academic year this month, we are also moving closer to our goal of closing all educational resource gaps boosting our public education system in the process,” Abad said.

    The DBM chief also reported that the P4.5 billion—of which P1.1 billion has been allotted to classroom maintenance and P3.4 billion to sanitation facilities—was charged against DepEd’s fund for the Requirement of Basic Education Facilities under the 2013 General Appropriations Act.

    Meanwhile, the P1.1 billion under the total release includes funding for classrooms in Region 3 (P122 million), Region 4-A (P117 million), and Region 6 (P110 million).

    The release also includes P3.4 billion for developing sanitation facilities in public schools nationwide, including those in Region 3 (P417 million), Region 5 (P397 million), and Region 6 (P304 million).

    “Besides our commitment to build more classrooms and provide enough equipment and teachers in public schools, we are also making crucial investments in the health and well-being of our students. After all, better access to clean water facilities can help ensure better hygiene and disease prevention in our campuses,” Abad added.

    Moreover, the Budget and Management department said that earlier approved 61,510 new teaching positions to keep pace with the increasing demand for teachers in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

    Mayvelin U. Caraballo

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