P1.4B for preschool released

Posted on October 08, 2011

THE DEPARTMENT of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.4 billion for the improvement of preschool education.

"The Aquino administration wants to improve the readiness of preschool children before they enter Grade 1," Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a statement on Friday.

Of the released amend, P1.38 billion will be directed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to pay for the compensation of kindergarten volunteer teachers from June to December 2011.

Volunteer teachers are given a monthly allowance of P1,500 to P3,000 depending on the number of classes they hold and the number of students per class.

Another P32.4 million will finance the training, monitoring and implementation of the Kindergarten Education Programs for the current school year.

Nearly 1.2 million students are enrolled in the government’s preschool program nationwide, DepEd data showed.

Region 3 (Central Luzon) has the highest preschool enrolment with 144,068 pupils, followed by Region 4-A (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) with 135,419 pupils, and Region 7 (Central Visayas) with 109,429 students.

Meanwhile, the Cordillera Autonomous Region has the lowest enrollment with only 19,344 students.

The Education department enjoys the largest allocation in the national budget as the administration seeks to educate more Filipinos under its term.

The department received P207.3 billion this year, and this will increase by more than 15% in the proposed 2012 national budget to P238.8 billion. -- DCCJ