The Department of Education (DepEd) commends the President, members of the House of Representatives and Senate for the approval of the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for FY 2020.
As DepEd awaits for specific details of the final GAA 2020, it welcomes the significant increases in funding for the following DepEd programs: 1. Voucher Program for Private SHS; 2. Last Mile Schools; and 3. Human Resource Development for Personnel in Schools and Learning Centers. On the other hand, the decrease in funding for Basic Education Inputs program, particularly for the new construction of school buildings, is a huge challenge to the department as it will adversely affect the programming of a lower classroom to students ratio for the coming school years.
The Department also welcomes the inclusion of the salary increase for teaching and non-teaching employees of the Department effective January 2020. This is an added motivation for almost a million personnel of the Department.
With the assurance of continued funding and its early approval, DepEd programs and projects for FY 2020 shall be implemented as planned.
The new budget will also be harnessed to support “Sulong EduKalidad”, DepEd’s program to meet the challenge of quality in basic education.