FROM an initial P810 billion, the Department of Education (DepEd) raised its budget proposal to P848 billion for the year 2023.
DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said they will stand by their budget proposal and will fight for it.
This is despite the move by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to slash DepEd’s budget to only P701 billion.
Poa explained that there are many needs in the education sector that need to be met.
In fact, he said that included in the P848 billion budget proposal is the P4 billion Quick Response Fund that can be used during calamities.
Meanwhile, Poa said they also requested an additional P16 billion from the DBM for the repair and construction of classrooms damaged by typhoons Odette and Agaton last year and the earthquake in July that hit Northern Luzon.
According to data, 646 schools were affected by the earthquake, wherein 427 were damaged.