DepEd Sec. Leonor Briones Reveals New Plans, to Strengthen and Expand ALS Program

From the latest shared news information only regarding the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines, the agency has plan to strengthen and expand the current Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the country.

It aims to give better access for many Filipinos who need basic education.

According to Leonor Briones as detailed on the news online, the DepEd has greater plans to strengthen as well as expand the current ALS program in the Philippines for the benefit of those who qualify and need basic education.

“One can get educated, even without proper schooling and catch up with those in the formal education system,” said Briones in her statement as quoted by Inquirer.net.

Leonor Briones is the current Secretary of the Department of Education.

Besides the proposed plans for the ALS, the good secretary likewise added that the education agency in the country is making all efforts to provide the needs of the indigenous people who need to continue their studies, various welfare programs, School-based Feeding Program (SBEP) as well as the Special Education (SPED).

Based on the explanation of Secretary Briones, under the DepEd Order No. 62 (series of 2011), they already adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Education Policy Framework. On this particular, the agency had successfully provided basic education to almost 2,929,456 indigenous Filipinos across the Philippines under the 2016-2017 school year periods.

As for the program under the SPED, DepEd is continuously helping those qualified students to pursue their studies, despite having disability problems such as hearing impairment, visual issue, spectrum disorder, physical disability, intellectual issue and even handicapped people, among other related disabilities.

Based on the recorded data, DepEd already helped almost 182,997 SPED students from both elementary and high school levels for the school year 2016-2017.

Another important role of the education agency is to extend its assistance to those millions students who need foods in preventing malnourishment.  There already schools that had been providing free meals to these students as part of the continuing programs of the department.

 

 

 

 

Senate Questioned Unspent P21.5B DepEd Budget in 2016

Due to the issue about unspent budget from the Department of Education (DepEd) in 2016 amounting to 21.5 billion pesos, the Senate Committee on Finance grilled the officials who attend the hearing on Monday.

The department needs to explain things further before the next budget.

From the latest news reports online, the officials of the Department of Education needed to give their sides in front of the Senate Committee on Finance because of the issue about the unspent 2016 budget of the department. According to the shared information, the committee wants DepEd to explain about the non-spent P21.5 billion budget.

The hearing on Monday focused on weighing in the capacity of the department in spending the allocated budget because the submitted proposal for the 2018 budget is bigger that is amounting to P613.1 billion.

Senator Loren Legarda instructed the education agency to complete and submit their list of infrastructures and programs affected when they returned the money to different unsuitable surplus of the general fund from the government. In addition to this, the lady senator wants them to specify the exact reasons on why they incurred the P21.5 billion budget last year.

“Before we even talk about giving you a new budget, we want to know why you returned P21.5 billion. Last week, we were very disappointed, saddened by the Department of Transportation returning P11.5 billion. Now we see DepEd returning P21.5 billion,” Senator Legarda as detailed by the Inquirer news.

“When we return funds to the Treasury, that means there are people unserved, there are classrooms not rehabilitated, there are books not printed and there are children not helped,” she continued.

The lady senator is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.

Based on the explanation of the department, they utilized about 12 billion pesos for the teacher positions, 1.3 billion pesos for provision and maintenance of basic education facilities, 5 billion pesos for Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (Gastpe), 3.6 billion pesos for provision of textbooks and instructional materials and 1 billion pesos for the technical vocational supplies, as detailed by the news reports.

DepEd is supposedly to use such budget from its allocations in 2015. However, they just carried the money over the 2016 budget.

Current Education Secretary Leonor Briones attended the hearing and answered the questions in front of the panel on Monday.