IT is heartening to note that the education sector remains a top priority of the national government despite the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, graft and corruption, and criminality.
Of course, we are glad that everybody agrees that education prepares our country and the younger generation of Filipinos in the highly-competitive world of business and other fields.
In fact, the country’s proposed General Appropriations Act raised the 2018 budget of the Department of Education (DepEd) to P553.313 billion from the current year’s P543.186 billion.
Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the Senate committee on finance and a former broadcast journalist, said that “education is the best investment for our nation and our people.”
Thus, it is incumbent upon members of Congress to prioritize education in our budget in order to cultivate leaders and nation-builders of tomorrow, according to the articulate Legarda.
For next year, she said “we needed to ensure that our education budget is one that would truly address the needs of our students and our teachers,” adding access to education is still a major concern.
Today, the national government can now provide free education up to the tertiary level. With this, Legarda said “we hope to further…improve the quality of all our learning institutions.”
We share the view of the country’s education authorities when they said that if we want quality education, particularly in public schools, colleges and universities, then we should be willing to pay for it.
That’s why we commend our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- for prioritizing the education sector in the 2018 General Appropriations Bill, which is awaiting the President’s signature.
Doubtless, it’s a move in the right direction.