The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday maintained there are enough resources to fund the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) this upcoming school year.
DepEd reiterated the sufficiency of funding for the BE-LCP after Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla shared his worries about the plan in an open letter posted on his Facebook page.
“It is unfortunate that at the time of COVID, every Filipino student should be given a chance at proper education. Yet, the reality is only the rich can afford to learn,” he said.
As a response, DepEd cited the Special Education Fund (SEF) sourced from real property taxes collected by local government among fund sources available to finance the BE-LCP.
“DepEd will continue to closely collaborate with the LGUs to efficiently and productively align this fund with the different learning delivery modalities to be implemented in our schools,” the agency said.
The DepEd also noted “internal and external fund sources” for the BE-LCP.
The department has also recalibrated its budget through modification of Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs) allowing schools to use their available balance in the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) for blended learning needs.
DepEd said it is also enhancing its relationship with Development Partners and access to Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as its “Brigada Eskwela” program in order to maximize the contributions or donations coming from the private sector.
If needed, DepEd said it will send a request to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and/or Congress for a “supplemental budget.”
These strategies, DepEd said, will be able to help the agency and its regional offices and school divisions to fund requirements needed for the success of the BE-LCP.
DepEd thanked Remulla for “voicing out his thoughts” on the BE-LCP funding and for making education a “priority investment” and “for sharing the same vision with DepEd: that education must continue despite the crisis we are facing to this day.”
DepEd also expressed optimism that other LGUs will support the implementation of the BE-LCP when classes start in August.
“We look forward to a strong partnership with our local government officials as we strive to promote ‘bayanihan’ in overcoming the challenges of the upcoming school year,” it added.