Photo Courtesy: Schools Division Office- Puerto Princesa City

The Local School Board (LSB) of the City Schools Division Office has approved an estimated P39.8 million from the Special Education Fund (SEF) of the city government for the modules and internet connectivity for the opening of classes, Tuesday.

In an interview with Palawan News, division information officer Gina Francisco said that during the meeting of the LSB, it was discussed and approved that the city government will be allocating the budget from the SEF to aid the schools when classes open.

“Nagkaroon kami ng Local School Board meeting with Mayor Bayron, yong pinagusapan doon yong budget na ibibigay ng city government para sa mga schools para sa printing ng modules, P33.7 million for one school year tapos sa internet connection, P6.1 million ang total noon ay P39.8 million approved budget ng SEF for the School Year 2020-2021,” she said.

Francisco said that the P33.7 million is intended for the reproduction of modules, including the 21 risograph machines, inks, bond papers, and operational costs to be given to the 18 clusters of schools and three district offices.

“Risograph machine sa bawat schools para sa printing modules, na-cluster natin yong 101 schools out of 101 schools meron tayong 18 clusters na schools at 3 district offices bibigyan ng Risograph machine, para makapag-reproduce ng maramihan for modules, so bale 21 na risograph machine. Kasama doon ang supply ng ink, bond paper for 1-year tapos meron din yong mga binding machine, kasama din doon ang tao, labor sa taong mag-o-operate ng machine, kasama din po yon. Ang total noon ay P33.7 million for one school year supply,” he said.

While the P6.1 million is allocated for the installation of internet fiber connection, good for 24 months, for some 27 elementary schools and for the division office.

“Magdagdag po tayo ng 29 na internet connection, 27 schools na puwedeng kabitan ng internet connection tapos dalawa sa division office. Ang total noon ay 29 fiber-optic connection na hanggang 2 years. Ang total naman nito ay P6.1 million,” she added.

Francisco said that the allocation is the counterpart of the city government in the Learning Continuity Plan of the City Schools Division.

She also said that with the support of the government they are ensuring the parents that they will never ask for payments during the opening of classes.

“Gusto nating i-assure na ready na yong City DepEd sa pagpasok ng school year na ito sa tulong ng ating butihing mayor na na-approve na ang ganito kalaking budget para sagutin ýong reproduction ng ating modules at the same time, nagpakabit na rin sa mga schools ng internet connections na magagamit din ng mga teachers, so ngayon siguradong sigurado na tayo na hindi na tayo maniningil ng bayad sa mga modules sa mga magulang, so sa mga hindi pa nakapag-enroll, pwede pa naman mag-enroll,” she said.

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