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DepEd looks forward to Bayanihan 2 funding

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has expressed anticipation for the additional funds it would receive as part of the ratification of the finalized Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill or Bayanihan 2.

Once approved, Bayanihan 2 would provide an additional P4 billion worth of funds to DepEd’s distance and flexible learning program, as well as P600 million worth of allowances and subsidies for qualified learners, and P300 million worth of allowances for displaced and non-teaching staff.

DepEd Undersecretary for Finance and Spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla noted that the education bureau is making preparations for a conservative and an ideal scenario. Under the ideal scenario, DepEd will have sufficient resources and manpower, with proper training for all personnel. Under the conservative scenario, which Sevilla likened to the more realistic scenario, DepEd was caught off guard with the pandemic and with funds not being enough.

An estimated P65 billion is needed for DepEd’s Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).

Classes are set to officially open on October 5.