Cebu City’s Special Education Fund reaches over P2 billion

THE Cebu City Government has about P2.1 billion in funds for the Special Education Fund (SEF).

City Treasurer Mare Vae Fernandez-Reyes announced this on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Reyes said the City Government allocates more or less P400 million every year or 33.3 percent of the total tax collected from real property.

The city treasurer said that the SEF has increased over time because its surplus in the previous year will be carried over to the next year.

The SEF can be spent by the city government under the approval of the Local School Board (LSB) for the construction of school buildings, maintenance, sports-related activities and other operating expenses of the Department of Education.

At least 33.3 percent of the income derived from real property taxes that cover houses, business establishments, lots, machineries such as automated teller machines, elevators, escalators, among others, goes to the SEF and the remaining 66.6 percent to the General Fund.

Dr. Bernadette Susvilla, Cebu City Schools Division superintendent, said the city has a total population of 183,878 students coming from the 80 barangays as of the present.

Because of this, Susvilla said they need 408 new classrooms to reduce congestion in classes and to give the students a comfortable learning environment.

She added that only 279 out of 872 classrooms that were damaged by tyhoon Odette have so far been repaired.

In general, Susvilla said that DepEd Cebu City has 1,426 classrooms that need repair, which they will endorse for funding during the next meeting of the Local School Board. (PAC/TPT)