Senate approves P549.5-billion budget of DepEd for FY 2018-2019

October 13, 2017

PASIG CITY, October 13, 2017 – The Senate Committee on Finance approved on Wednesday, October 11, the P549.5-billion budget of the Department of Education (DepEd) for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, which is dedicated to ensuring that education will continue in an inclusive and nurturing environment for learners, teachers, and personnel.
The swift motion to approve came following the Senate’s thorough scrutiny of the Department’s budget utilization and allocation for its program and projects.
Some of the big ticket items under the 2018 DepEd budget are: provision of maintenance and basic education facilities; government assistance and subsidies; operations of school; DepEd Computerization Program; learning tools and equipment; School-Based Feeding Program; human resource development for teaching and non-teaching personnel; textbook and instructional materials; Flexible Learning Option such as Alternative Learning System (ALS), Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM), Education in Emergencies (EiE); Madrasah Education Program; and Indigenous People Education Program, among others.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and the whole Education Department commit to fully utilize the said budget in providing and ensuring quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education for all Filipino learners.
In the same plenary deliberation, DepEd Sponsor Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, in close coordination with Secretary Briones and other DepEd Executive Committee members, addressed the concerns raised by Senator Risa Hontiveros on the random drug testing program of DepEd.