A resolution calling for the Provincial Local School Board (PLSB) to re-align its “special funds” to address students’ and teachers’ needs was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
Proposed Resolution No. 195-20, authored by provincial board member Ryan Maminta, is asking for funds usually allocated for provincial meets, travel, and other extracurriculars, to be used instead for students’ and teachers’ needs under the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Learning Continuity Plan (LCP).
“The province has a share of these special funds, which come from real property taxes. These are called the Special Education Funds (SEF). The PLSB decides what to do with these funds,” said Maminta in an interview. “LGUs (local government units) each have their own shares, which they can utilize for various needs.”
The resolution was approved on June 16 during the 47th regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
“Under the DepEd LCP, marami talaga ang nangangailangan ng Internet access at training para sa online learning. Kasama na rito ang blended modalities of delivery of education. Also, the needs of schools like laptops, learning materials o modules, disinfection, and other materials, such as face masks, etc.,” said Maminta.
“This is why we are calling on the PLSB to allocate its funds to address these needs. Ang mga special funds, usually ina-allocate sa mga provincial meet, na alam naman natin na hindi naman mangyayari sa ngayon,” he added.
Maminta is calling for the PLSB to act quickly to ensure that students and teachers are well-prepared come August, the opening of classes.
“Maganda sana kung within two weeks, may magawa na ang PLSB. Kailangan na nilang bilisan at kaunti na lang ang natitirang oras bago magpasukan,” said Maminta.