Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed that Special Education (SPED) was given funds in the 2020 national budget. It was the first time under her administration.
DepEd Usec Annalyn Sevilla said that SPED was given P107 million in the 2020 budget. P100 million for the MOOE and P0.7 million for capital outlay.
Sevilla admitted that this “may not be enough” and “way below” the original proposed budget of P500 million.
The number of SPED students is growing but funding is still low “There has been an increase in numbers because children who were not diagnosed before are diagnosed now,” Briones said.
Most SPED are private institutions and cost is really expensive since these are specialized classes. But Briones pushes regulation of fees and said that a law that regulates fees and rates for private SPED providers would help.
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