The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday assured schools there are additional funds for the preparation of the progressive expansion of limited in-person classes.
The Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) in a Facebook Livestream slammed the national government for allegedly “taking advantage” of teachers’ generosity following reports that some teachers are using their resources for the preparation of limited face-to-face classes
In a Viber message, DepEd Undersecretary Analyn Sevilla told the Philippine News Agency that some regional offices started downloading the additional funds for maintenance and other operating expenses (Schools-MOOE) last March 4.
“Immediate action is very important, especially for the financial aspect. When it comes to the resumption of classes in the last two years. Our priority, as per the directive of Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, [is to] act immediately in planning and anticipate the needs of our personnel, teachers, and learners,” she said partly in Filipino.
Sevilla said some P936 million out of the P977 million Schools-MOOE fund have been downloaded by the DepEd regional offices.
“There’s still P41.48-million remaining in Central Office as buffer fund. The regional offices will be distributing the funds to the division offices based on the number of schools that will join the Progressive Expansion,” she added in Filipino.
Meanwhile, the DepEd also recognized the participation and initiative of teachers and other stakeholders in the community.
“We in the DepEd recognize the value of teachers’ participation, including the community, local government units, and organizations such as Parents Teachers Association for their ‘shared responsibility’, when it comes to the preparations of our schools,” Sevilla said in Filipino.
The DepEd also urged the school heads of identified schools included in the progressive expansion of face-to-face classes to coordinate with the division and regional offices for the additional funds.