WITH a budget of P549.5 billion for 2018, the Department of Education (DepEd) should not weary of performing its role – of educating and transforming the country’s youngsters into highly-productive citizens.
The P549.5-billion budget was okayed by the powerful Senate committee on finance after thoroughly scrutinizing the education department’s budget utilization and allocation for its programs and projects.
And why should the Pinoy taxpayers, including the millions of ordinary wage earners, spend that much for the education of the youth in this impoverished and graft-prone nation of more than 100 million people?
It is because there’s a need to improve the quality of education in public elementary and high schools not only in the metropolis but also in the countryside, where majority of the poor work and live.
If the people want quality education, then they should be willing to pay for it. Nobody will argue with educators when they said that there’s that urgent need to modernize and expand school facilities for the students.
That’s why we doff our hat to Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones for assuring the public that the budget will be used to provide quality, accessible, relevant and liberating quality basic education in the country.
The DepEd’s budget will be used primarily to fund teachers’ salaries, improve basic educational facilities, purchase instructional materials, and give financial assistance to poor but deserving students.
Likewise, the budget will be used for the school-based feeding program; human resource development for teaching and non-teaching personnel; textbook and instructional materials; and flexible learning option.
Now that Briones has vowed to fully utilize the agency’s budget for the benefit of students, teachers and non-teaching personnel, the people have no choice but to support DepEd’s various programs and projects.