The Palawan Provincial Local School Board approved on Tuesday the allocation of P123 million from the Special Education Fund (SEF) to support the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) of the Schools Division Office-Palawan (SDO-Palawan) for the opening of classes in August.
In a Facebook post, the DepEd Tayo-Palawan said the approved funding will be used to implement the blended learning program of their division.
Grace Estefano, division information officer of the SDO said that the priority allocation for the budget is for the purchasing of the gadgets that are needed for the conduct of one of the modalities under the blended learning and the rest will be for other necessary materials.
“Yong unang priority ay tablets ayon sa required specifications dahil ito ay cost efficient kumpara sa printed modules. Aside from this gadget, other needs and requirements for the school year 2020-2021,” Estefano told Palawan News.
Estefano added that hey are also awaiting the approval of the realigned SEF of the 22 municipalities in Palawan.
“Malaki pa kailangan pondo, pero malaking tulong na ang naibigay na yan ng provincial government at kung meron pa ring maidadagdag malaking bagay yon kasi ngayon on going pa yong realignment ng SEF sa mga munisipyo. Sa aming computation, kailangan ng ₱1,262,825,000.00 ang kabuuang pondo upang matugunan ang kailangang gadgets para sa 252,565 expected enrollment for SY 2020-2021 mula kinder hanggang Grade 12,” she said.
The allocation of funds of the local government to support public schools is encouraged by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as it was stated in the memorandum circular no. 096 s. 2020 of the department supporting the Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) of the DepEd.
The Special Education Fund of the local governments comes from the one percent of real property taxes. It is allocated for the operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, educational research, purchase of books and periodicals, and sports development as determined and approved by the Local School Board.