SOCOT ALLOTS P42-M FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS, PROJECTS
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated about PHP42 million as support for priority education programs and projects in the province this year.
Board member Ester Marin Catorce, member of the Provincial School Board (PSB), said Friday the funds comprise the Special Education Fund (SEF), approved by the board for 2019.
It will be mainly used for the implementation of continuing and new initiatives spearheaded by the Department of Education’s (DepEd) division in South Cotabato, in collaboration with the local government, Catorce said in an interview.
"We will establish more facilities, like daycare centers and sports learning centers this year," she added.
Part of the funds was set aside for the salaries and wages of elementary school teachers being supported by the PSB and deployed in remote areas, she said.
Catorce said they have approved the provision of extra duty allowance for teachers assigned to the basic literacy program and for the accreditation and equivalency system instructional managers.
She said they will hire four more mobile teachers and nine Madrasah teachers.
The official said it will also fund the expansion this year of the province's sports development program, which includes the hosting, training and participation of student-athletes to upcoming sports meets.
She specifically cited the Soccsksargen Regional Athletic Association Meet and the Palarong Pambansa.
Catorce said they included in the budget the advanced and specialized training of athletes for lined up sports meets until next year.
The provincial government, in coordination with DepEd-South Cotabato, launched three years ago a year-round training program for the province's student-athletes.
The training program, which has produced a number gold medalists in previous editions of the Palarong Pambansa and other regional and national games, is being handled by former Olympian Henry Dagmil. (PNA)