BORONGAN CITY, December 15, 2017–The Eastern Samar school board approved four priority programs to be funded with the Special Education Fund for 2018.
Acting Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Picardal said that they came up with the decision during a meeting of the board yesterday.
The sports development program of Deped tops the list with an allocation of P4.5M.
Bulk of the money will be used for the Provincial Athletic Meet and for the province’s participation in the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet and the rest will be for the purchase of sports equipment.
More than P500,000 will be allocated for the Early Childhood Care Development, a program that promotes the holistic development of children and protect their rights.
The board also agreed to allocate P5M for the construction and repair of public school buildings and facilities and another P3M for the operations and maintenance of public schools with focuz on the salaries and compensation of locally hired teachers.
The SEF is taken from the additional 1% tax imposed by local government units on assessed value and levy of real property. It aims to enhance the government’s education programs.
According to acting Governor Picardal, the SEF for 2018 is P4M but since there is an accumulated savings of P9.085M from last year and the previous years, the board agreed to use it for next year’s programs, making the total SEF P13M.
The governor sits as the chairmen and the schools division superintendent is the co-chairman of the provincial school board. (Eden Cidro/Este News)