DepEd still gets the biggest part of 2023 National Budget
The Department of Education continues to get the biggest cut of the national budget pie.
Based on a presentation by Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, DepEd was allocated P852 billion in the proposed P5.268-trillion General Appropriations Act(GAA) for 2023.
The budget is 8.2 percent higher than the P788.5 billion for DepEd in the 2022 budget.
Pangandaman cited priorities such as access to tertiary education, subsidies, facilities, computerization programs, flexible learning options, feeding programs, wi-fi connectivity and internship programs, for raising the DepEd allocation.
The 10 budget toppers in 2023:
- Education, P852.8 billion
- Public Works and Highways, P705.6 billion
- Health, P217.8 billion
- Social Welfare, P185.3 billion
- Agriculture, P172.0 billion
- Transportation, P145.4 billion
- Defense, P101.9 billion
- Interior and Local Government, P34.8 billion
- Labor and Employment, P34.4 billion
- Science and Technology, P19.3 billion
Pangandaman said the budget proposal is guided by the eight-point agenda set by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.:vfood security, improved transportation, affordable and clean energy, social services, health care, face-to-face education, bureaucratic efficiency and sound fiscal management.
The proposed budget will be discussed in a plenary session for two weeks before being approved by the House of Representatives.