DepEd gets the highest budget allocation for 3 consecutive years

Budget Allocation 2015-2017


The graph compares the top ten executive agencies that received the highest allocations from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) from 2015-2017.

The budget of the top ten departments covers 50.8% or P1.71 trillion of the Php 3.350 trillion National Budget of the Philippine Government for 2017. Dubbed as "Budget for Real Change," the Duterte administration's first national budget amounts to P3.350 trillion1, 11.59% higher than the 2016 P3.002 trillion2 budget.

Of the P3.350 trillion National Budget, Department of Education (DepEd) got 16.9% or a total of P567.65 billion for 2017. Since 2015, DepEd has received the highest budget among all executive departments in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) People's Budget3, “DepEd received an increase of 30.22% or P131.75 billion from last year's funding of P435.9 billion. The 3.4% or P19.4 billion of 2017 DepEd’s budget will go to salaries, and to support its K to 12 program.”

This will be used to maintain basic education facilities, create teaching and non-teaching positions as well as develop and provide learning resources to more than 20 million( page 37 Filipino students­ in the country, the DBM said

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), “This will allow the DepEd to open 53,831 teaching positions and 13,280 non-teaching posts. To address the backlog in facilities, P118.8 billion will be used for construction, repair, and acquiring basic educational needs. It includes 47,492 classrooms and 66,492 sets of school seats for the K-12 program. The DepEd's budget will also make additional learning resources available. The department will purchase 55 million textbooks and instructional materials, as well as equipment for science and mathematics for 5,449 schools.”

The Department of Education has allocated its 2017 Budget on the following: 1.) P118,782,506,000 to Basic Education Facilities; 2.) P109,313,555,000 for construction, replacement, and completion of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school building and technical vocational laboratories, and construction of water and sanitation facilities. The said amount shall be released directly to DPWH, which shall implement the construction, repairs, and completion of the project based on the standards and specification of the said agency; 3.) P4,994,325,000 for rehabilitation, renovation, and repair of kindergarten, elementary and secondary school buildings and repair of water and sanitation facilities; 4.) P2,474,573,000 for the acquisition of school desks, furniture and fixtures to ensure that all newly constructed and existing kindergarten, elementary and secondary school buildings are provided with the corresponding number of school desks, furniture, and fixtures; 5.) P1,628,071,000 for amortization or lease payment of Public-Private Partnership school buildings; 6.) P43,845,000 for the annual payment of school building constructed by National Housing Authority; and 7.) P328,137,000 for electrification of on-grid schools; 8.) P100,000,000 to Site Development Plan shall be used for land use development and infrastructure plan design to improve and optimally utilize the resources of public elementary and secondary schools; 9.) P65,000,000 to Acquisition of school sites, appropriated and shall be used for the acquisition of school sites to address school congestion, taking into consideration sites donated from LGUs and other stakeholders, and for the payment compensation for existing school sites.

On the same People’s Budget release, the Department of Agriculture’s budget decreased by more than half or 51.5% (P48.11 billion) because of completed projects and the reduced requirements of foreign-assisted Philippine Rural Development Project4.

According to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), “The lower allocation for the Department of Health from P128.4 billion to P94.05 billion (or 26.75 % P34.35 billion decrease) is due to the transfer of its National Health Insurance Program to PhilHealth”.

The General Appropriations Act5(GAA)is a term used when referring to the National Budget of the Philippines. It is one of the laws passed by Congress annually.