The Department of Education (DepEd) is in dilemma right now, suffering without any funds yet for 276 schools across the country due to the delay in the enactment of the Php 3.8 trillion proposed budget for 2019.
Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said that, in spite that the 2019 budget remains pending in Congress, the department still operates with the budget of 2018
The only problem is that, the 2018 budget is not reserved to spend for the operation of new schools, Sevilla said.
Per the department records, 111 new secondary schools have been established; 153 others have been converted to integrated schools; and 12 schools have been made as annexes.
The undersecretary said the schools are from closing down—as DepEd Is still hoping and looking for funds to enable them to operate.
She added that the situation had been raised to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
“There will be fund sources to cover their operations,” Sevilla said. “We are doing some immediate measures to help them … We have coordinated with [the] DBM that what we’re doing right now are just stopgap measures.”
Sevilla said the schools were already getting funds from other sources, including their division offices.
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