Classroom funding of P31.8B to support K to 12

Posted on June 16, 2015

THE GOVERNMENT has released over P30 billion to build additional classrooms to accommodate the needs of the K to 12 program, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) yesterday said.

Aeta elementary students attend class at a roofless classroom in Porac, Pampanga. -- AFP
“In response to the country’s growing population of students, the Department of Budget and Management has released P31.8 billion to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the proposed construction or rehabilitation of 22,325 classrooms nationwide as determined by the Department of Education (DepEd) to ultimately bolster the K-12 program,” DBM said in a statement.

The amount will be charged against DepEd’s Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) in the 2014 and 2015 national budgets.

Of the total, P3.47 billion was sourced from the 2014 BEFF budget of P44.6 billion while P28.3 billion was charged against the P53.9 billion fund this year.

The funding was directly released to the DPWH which is mandated to construct the classrooms.

“Every year, we face the need to build more classrooms due to the growing number of public school students. Fortunately, we’re able to keep pace by allotting yearly increases in budgetary support for quality classrooms. With enough public funds for our education system, we can construct new school buildings or rehabilitate damaged classrooms,” Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad was quoted as saying in the statement.

“This takes time as the process of determining the number of targets is very exhaustive, with DepEd giving us a list of classrooms only after a thorough assessment. But we’re confident of achieving these requirements as the success of the Administration’s K to 12 school program depends on our efforts,” he added.

DepEd has P319 billion in total funding this year, up 13.5% from a year earlier. -- Mikhail Franz E. Flores