Mimaropa gets third lowest Deped budget for 2018

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Of the 16 regions in the Philippines, the Mimaropa or the Southern Luzon-B region would get the third lowest share from the Department of Education’s proposed budget next year.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Education Secretary Leonor Magtulis-Briones said of their proposed P585.22 billion budget in 2018, only P15.34 billion would go to the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.

In contrast, Southern Luzon Region A would get the highest budget of P44.52 billion, followed by Central Luzon with P39.27 billion.

The National Capital Region is expected to receive P33.74 billion budget for its facilities, teachers and programs. Meanwhile, around P29 billion will go to the Bicol region.

The lowest chunk goes to the Cordillera Adminstrative Region which would receive only P8.77 billion, and to the CARAGA region which would receive P13.57 billion.

Briones said the 2018 budget would be eight percent higher compared to the 2017 budget. In 2014, Deped’s budget was P280.72 billion. This increased to P319.23 billion in 2015 and P410 billion in 2016.

“Education must continue in an inclusive and nurturing environment. Amid and despite circumstances that render this impossible, we must deliver quality education,” Briones said justifying the proposed budget increase.

Of the total pie, only 65 percent of the total education budget will go the 16 regions as 35 percent or P203 billion will be utilized by the Deped central office.

In a statement, the Deped said the budget hike shall also support the expansion of coverage of inclusive education programs, strengthening of partnerships and linkages, improvement of basic input ratios especially for Kindergarten to Grade 3 and provision of basic resources to support the curriculum.