THE increasing number of children with special needs in various parts of the country provides a major challenge for government authorities tasked to advance the interests of these youngsters.
Truth is, concerned state offices and agencies ought to marshal their manpower and financial resources to meet the needs of special children enrolled in public elementary and high schools.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), headed by Secretary Ben Diokno, is on the right path in approving the creation of 1,310 positions for Special Education (SPED) Teacher I.
Reports said the positions were requested by the Department of Education (DepEd) to address the faculty requirement of Special Education Centers or schools across the country.
The chain of government-operated SPED centers or schools throughout the Philippines wants to provide access to basic education among children with special needs.
Under the General Appropriations Act of 2018, the 1,310 positions form part of the 81,240 teaching and teaching-related positions approved for creation within the year.
Of the 81,240 positions, 1,944 are for SPED Teacher I. Reports said that the establishment of a total of 634 more SPED Teacher I positions awaits approval before the year ends.
Various quarters, including parents and civic leaders said that children with special needs, like the rest of the country’s persons with disability, ought to become highly-productive citizens.
That’s why there’s that urgent need for concerned government authorities to continue coming up with effective measures and programs aimed at helping members of special social sectors.
Certainly, this will be good for the Philippines, a poverty-stricken but a natural resources-rich Southeast Asian nation of more than 106 million people, in the long term.