Under the expansion phase, the Department of Education has allocated P977.47 million to assist schools with limited face-to-face classes.
According to a report acquired Thursday by ABS-CBN News from Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, the money will be utilized to cover the schools’ Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE).
“Marami po sa mga pondo na atin pong pinaghahandaan ay ‘yon pong physical arrangements ng eskuwelahan, ‘yon pong protection and safety ng mga learners at mga guro, at siyempre po ‘yong mga learning resources na kailangan natin,” Sevilla said at the Laging Handa public briefing on Wednesday.
(Most of the funding we prepared is for the physical arrangement of the schools, protection and safety of learners and teachers, and of course, the learning resources that we need.)
According to the report, elementary schools, which serve kids in Kindergarten through Grade 6, will receive the most money, totaling P531.36 million.
According to the study, junior high schools that teach grades 7 to 10 will receive P303.62 million, while senior high schools that teach grades 11 to 12 will receive P142.49 million.
“These amounts are to be downloaded [or] released to the Regional Offices. The Regional Directors are authorized to allocate the said amounts among schools considering the implementation status of face-to-face classes in their respective regions,” DepEd reported.
DepEd allocates P977 million for in-person classes expansion
With a budget of about P80 million, Central Luzon will be the most well-funded of the regional offices.
The Department of Education also stated that P41.47 million, or 4.24 percent of the general funds, will be kept “as a contingency fund.”
The funds cannot be used for the following, according to the agency:
- Purchasing tangible goods beyond the capitalization threshold
- Hiring contract or casual workers, whose salary and benefits aren’t guaranteed.
- Compensation payouts should be deducted from Personnel Services’ budget.
- Payment of other Capital Outlay items such as infrastructure projects
According to DepEd, 4,239 public and 76 private institutions have begun offering limited face-to-face classes as of March 2.
More schools across the country were authorized to hold limited in-person lessons last month, as long as they followed the DepEd’s norms and regulations.