September 24, 2021 –  The Department of Education (DepEd) has seen a significant increase in budget allocation for its Computerization Program (DCP) and five other programs, according to the agency’s presentation of its 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP) at the House of Representatives last Tuesday.  

The DCP, which aims to provide relevant ICT packages and IT infrastructure in public schools, received Php 11.3 billionallocation for the 2022 NEP, approximately double the amount allocated in last year’s General Appropriations Act allocation.

DepEd, as an agency, is set to receive Php 629.8 billion from its proposed Php 17.02 trillion budget for next year, according to Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla.

“Overall, we have a six percent increase compared to this year’s budget. The increase actually is more on the PS or the Personnel Services,” Usec. Sevilla said.

DepEd’s 2022 NEP is composed of Php 513 billion for Personnel Service (PS), Php96.6 billion for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE), and Php19.7billion for Capital Outlay.

Aside from the DCP, Usec. Sevilla also gladly shared that the Government Assistance and Subsidies (GAS), including the Senior High School voucher program, and funds for the Operation of Schools (MOOE) received higher funding for next year.

“These are the School MOOE or the budget that will go directly to our schools, and we thank the Department of Budget and Management for increasing the MOOE at the level of 9.41% for Senior High School, 7.5% for Junior High School, and 6.4% for our Elementary Schools,” she added.

The budget for New School Personnel Positions will also enjoy a 31% increase for 2022, as Php 20 billion is allocated for additional 10,000 teaching items, while the Human Resource Development fund will receive Php 1.89billion (+0.12%).

DepEd also appropriated Php 358 million for the newly created program called the Priority School Health Facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Department received lower allocations on the repair of school buildings (-78%), Gabaldon conservation and restoration (-75%), School-Based Feeding Program (-45%), acquisition of furniture (-39%), flexible learning options (-8.4%), and GAS for Private JHS (-5%).