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STUDENT COUNCIL ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

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#34-D Matulungin St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 Member – Young Progressives Southeast Asia Observer – International Union of Socialist Youth

 

STUDENT  COUNCILL  ALLIANCE  OF  THE  PHILIPPINES  PROPOSAL  TO   REALLOCATE  MORE  PDAF  FUNDS  TO  CHED  AND  DEPED.  
  Last  September  11,  the  House  of  Representatives  agreed  at  the  committee  level  to  realign  their   controversial  P25.2-­‐billion  Priority  Development  Assistance  Fund  (PDAF)  to  6  line  agencies.   The  breakdown  of  the  allocation  is  provided  below:  

         
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STUDENT COUNCIL ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

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#34-D Matulungin St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 Member – Young Progressives Southeast Asia Observer – International Union of Socialist Youth

We  would  like  to  propose  to  realign  the  15%  of  35%  of  DPWH  to  Education  and  Health  Sector  –  in   particular;  CHED,  DEPED  and  DOH  will  get  additional  5%  each.    

 

     
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STUDENT COUNCIL ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

All over the country to change it!

#34-D Matulungin St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 Member – Young Progressives Southeast Asia Observer – International Union of Socialist Youth

Why  Prioritize  Education  Sector?     Philippine  Education  System   The   state   of   Philippine   education   is   dismal   is   a   statement   of   fact.   Among   others,   shortages   in   classrooms,   lack   of   adequate   facilities,   and   overworked   and   underpaid   teachers   all   paint   a   bitter   picture   which   do   not   reflect   our   professed   aspiration   of   providing   quality   and   accessible   education   for   the   children  of  the  nation.     Aquino  administration  had  pursued  certain  reforms  to  address  the  deteriorating  quality  of  the  Philippine   education  system,  but  we  need  a  more  holistic  solution  that  will  address  not  only  a  particular  issue  but   each  perennial  problem  of  the  education  system.       For  the  past  years,  education  budget  increased  for  certain  percentage  and  as  an  alliance,  we  welcome   the   Increases   in   the   education   budget.   However,   it   is   not   debatable   that   Philippine   government   spending   on   education   sector   is   still   below   the   international   standard,   which   is   pegged   at   6%   of   the   country’s   gross   national   product   (GNP)   as   recommended   by   the   Delors   Commission   of   the   United   Nations  Educational,  Scientific  and  Cultural  Organization  [UNESCO].     Education   under   spending   is   not   part   of   a   just   and   progressive   education   system.   We   believe   that   appropriate   budget   for   education   should   be   allocated   as   this   is   an   essential   factor   in   ensuring   better   instruction,   up-­‐to-­‐date   facilities   and   materials,   thus   improved   quality   of   education.   Achievement   of   a   quality,   relevant   and   accessible   education   is   not   possible   without   sufficient   support   from   the   government.       CHED  Budget  (15%)     At  present,  there  are  a  total  of  110  state  universities  and  colleges  (SUCs)  compared  to  1,683  private   higher  education  institutions.  Clearly,  the  government  investment  for  tertiary  education  is  insufficient  to   cater  the  number  of  youth.   In  addition,  SUCs  have  low  funding  resulting  to  poor  quality  of  education  and  constant  increase  in  tuition   and   other   school   fees,   making   it   inaccessible   to   more   students   especially   the   financially   challenged   students.     10%  will  go  to  CAPITAL  OUTLAY     For   how   many   years,   budget   allocation   for   state   universities   and   colleges   has   no   provision   for   capital  outlay  or  improvement  and  upgrade  of  infrastructures,  facilities  and  procurement  of  new   equipments.   10%   will   be   used   to   address   the   needs   of   different   SUCs   to   more   and   updated   facilities  and  equipments.      
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STUDENT COUNCIL ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

All over the country to change it!

#34-D Matulungin St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 Member – Young Progressives Southeast Asia Observer – International Union of Socialist Youth

5%  will  go  to  CHED  Scholarship  Programs       The  Commission  on  Higher  Education  (CHED)  offers  financial  assistance  to  college  students   through  its  Student  Financial  Assistance  Program  (StuFAP).   However,  CHED  can  only  provide  assistance  to  one  percent,  instead  of  the  targeted  five  percent,   of  graduating  poor  high  school  students—only  52,006  slots  available  for  half  and  full  merit   scholarships  for  school  year  2013-­‐2014.   The  amount  CHED  provides  is  also  insufficient  as  it  is  not  meant  to  fully  cover  all  the  expenses  of   each  student.     Additional  5%  will  expand  CHED’s  capability  to  give  scholarship  grants  to  students  in  need  with   bias   to   the   students   who   were   formerly   scholars   of   a   certain   congressperson   and   will   be   affected  by  the  reallocation  of  the  PDAF  for  2014.         DEPED  BUDGET  (10%)       Academic  year  2013-­‐2014  marks  the  start  of  the  K  to  12  Basic  Education  Program,  which  primarily  adds   kindergarten  and  an  additional  two  (2)  years  of  secondary  education  following  a  K-­‐6-­‐4-­‐2  model.  This  is   the   flagship   reform   strategy   of   the   Department   of   Education   (DepEd)   to   address   the   poor   quality   of   education   primarily   in   basic   level,   as   shown   in   the   low   achievement   scores   of   Filipino   students   in   the   National  Achievement  Test  (NAT),  not  even  have  met  the  National  Performance  Standard  of  75%.     SCAP  welcomes  this  development,  which  seeks  to  introduce  reforms  in  the  basic  education  curriculum.   The   program   also   seeks   to   enhance   the   transition   management   from   basic   education   to   employment   and  from  basic  education  to  higher  education.       However,   additional   two   years   does   not   necessary   result   in   better   instruction   and   performance   of   students.     It   must   be   crystal   clear   that   this   change   in   curriculum   and   structure   of   basic   level   will   be   useless  without  corresponding  improvements  in  other  aspects  of  the  education  system.  In  the  absence   of   innovative   ways   of   dealing   with   perennial   problems   such   as,   among   others,   classroom   shortages,   undermanned   schools,   decline   in   teaching   competence,   and   dearth   of   facilities   necessary   for   proper   instruction,  adding  more  years  may  only  serve  to  worsen  the  Philippine  education  situation.     5%   will   go   to   Maintenance   of   Basic   Educational   Facilities   (construction   of   school   buildings,   rehabilitation  and  renovation,  acquisition  of  school  desks,  furniture  and  fixtures)       According  to  the  General  Appropriations  Bill  of  2014,  an  initial  of  P44.6-­‐billion  will  be  used  for   the  construction  of  43,183  classrooms,  as  well  as  the  rehabilitation  and  repair  of  9,503  
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STUDENT COUNCIL ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES

All over the country to change it!

#34-D Matulungin St., Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 Member – Young Progressives Southeast Asia Observer – International Union of Socialist Youth

classrooms  and  the  acquisition  of  1.6  million  classroom  seats,  among  others.  This  amount,   according  to  DepEd  will  address  the  current  problem  in  shortage  of  classrooms  and  educational   facilities     However,   more   classrooms   should   be   constructed   for   contingency   plan   and   to   accommodate   increasing  number  of  enrollees  every  year.       Based  on  DepEd’s  standard  design  and  cost  estimates.  The  construction  of  a  quality  classroom   with  floor  area  of  7x9  meters  will  cost  an  average  of  P600,000.  Hence,  an  additional  1.26B  will   increase  our  target  number  of  classrooms  for  2013  to  2100  classrooms  more.         5%  will  go  to  Modernization  of  school  facilities  (construction  of  laboratories  and  acquisition  of   up-­‐to-­‐date  learning  materials  like  computers,  laboratory  materials,  etc.)     As  we  implement  the  new  curricula  under  the  K-­‐12  program,  modernization  of  educational   facilities  and  learning  materials  should  also  be  given  priority  to  achieve  our  goal  of  solving  the   deteriorating  quality  of  our  educational  system.  The  initial  allocation  of  P44.6-­‐b  to  maintenance   of  basic  educational  facilities  does  not  include  construction  of  computer  laboratories,  science   laboratories  and  acquisition  of  other  modern  educational  facilities;  so  an  additional  of  5%  for   modernization  plan  will  enhance  and  complement  the  objective  of  the  K-­‐12  program.   Beyond  CHED  and  DEPED  Budget   We  would  like  to  propose  to  specifically  spend  the  budget  that  will  be  allocated  to  DSWD  to  its  feeding   program.   In-­‐school  feeding  program  should  be  implemented  to  combat  malnutrition  and  help  improve  the  school   a  performance  and  attendance  of  the  students.  This  will  include  meals  to  bring  them  back  to  health  and   to  decrease  the  number  of  student’s  malnutrition  that  leads  to  higher  drop-­‐out  rate.  The  feeding   program  is  usually  being  implemented  for  100-­‐120  days.     According  to  DSWD,  it  takes  P15  to  provide  nutritious  meal  to  a  child.  Hence,  5.04B  budget  of  DSWD  will   translate,  if  given  wholly  to  its  feeding  program,  to  2.8M  students  being  enrolled  to  this  feeding   program;  given  the  1:1  ratio  of  student  to  meal   This  initiative  should  be  under  the  partnership  of  DepEd,  DWSD  and  DOH.    
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