Senate appeal for additional funding for DepEd, SUCs for face-to-face classes

    Senate appeal for additional funding for DepEd, SUCs for face-to-face classes

    The Senate Finance Committee wants additional fund in the proposed 2022 budget for the education sector to include allocations for face-to-face classes. Committee chairperson Senator Angara said the current version does not have any.

    “In response to the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes, the committee saw it fit to recommend increases in the budgets of the DepEd and SUCs,” said Angara in a statement, referring to state universities and colleges.

    “Sisiguraduhin natin na ligtas ang ating mga mag-aaral at mga guro at simulan na sa mas madaling panahon ang pag-aaaral ng mas marami pang estudyante sa loob ng silid-aralan,” he added.

    Angara said the additional funds could be utilized for retrofitting of school facilities and procurement of important equipment to follow with minimum health standards.

    “We want to give them some degree of flexibility in the use of the funds since each institution would have different needs,” Angara said.

    The education sector has the highest allocation in the ₱5 trillion national budget with a ₱773.6-billion funding. The Senate has yet to take up the budget of DepEd and SUCs. .

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