To ensure that the Department of Education budget is responsive to the needs of basic education and is also reflective of the goals of the Duterte administration, Dr. Leonor Magtolis Briones, DepEd Secretary, is leading the preparation of the department’s budget for 2017.
Briones said that foremost in the objective is to ensure that resources are converted and translated into actual goods and services. To do this, processes and procedures must be efficient and that financing must be prudent and economical. “At the end of the day, our goal is to provide our public school system with sufficient teachers, school buildings, computer kits, textbooks and school supplies,” she added.
She observed that a major culprit is the delays in procurement. “After the need to reformulate the budget, the next urgent task is to speed up and clean up the procurement process. We have learned to our bitter regret that fiddling and tinkering with the constitution will not solve bottlenecks in procurement,” Briones pointed out.
As mandated by the Constitution, DepEd has the largest allocation in the annual national budget. For 2016, it has a Ph440 billion allocation with 700,000 personnel tasked to deliver education services. “Nonetheless, this allocation is still inadequate in terms of international standards which require that 6% of the GDP has to be spent in education,” she explained.
source: Deped Website