Department of Education (DepEd) Spokesperson Michael Poa said on Thursday (September 1) during a joint press briefing with the Office of the Vice President that they’re planning on hiring 10,000 more teachers in 2023.
He likewise reminded schools in a memorandum to continue filling up the vacancies for this year in order to have a sufficient workforce for this school year.
“Gusto lang natin paalalahanan ang ating mga paraalan na to fill up na yung ating mga teaching positions. Kung ilan yung planong i-hire, next year we are planning – at least as far as the budget is concerned – we are planning to hire 10,000 teachers,” Poa said.
(We want to remind schools to continue filling up vacant teaching positions. In terms of how many teachers we are planning to hire – at least as far as the budget is concerned — we are planning to hire 10,000 teachers.)
The DepEd spokesperson said that the education department is also planning to finish the targeted construction of classrooms delayed due to lockdowns brought about by the pandemic.
“Noong 2021, marami kasing naging problema. Hindi na-utilize yung budget fully because nagkaroon talaga ng problema nung pandemya due to the several lockdowns hindi natutuloy yung construction,” Poa said.
(In 2021, there were a lot of problems. The budget was never fully utilized because of the problems brought by the pandemic, such as several lockdowns, that’s why the construction was halted.)
“Confident naman kami na matatayo namin yung mga classrooms na gusto namin itayo as planned per budget,” the DepEd spokesperson said, saying that the plan for the classrooms are already detailed engineering plans, and they’re counting on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s promise that there would be no lockdowns anymore.
(We are confident that we would be able to build the classrooms that we want to be built as planned per budget.)
Poa said in previous pronouncements that DepEd requested a budget of P848 billion for the safe reopening of schools, however, the Department of Budget and Management only allotted P701 billion in the National Expenditures Program (NEP).
The total budget allocation for the education department in the NEP is P852.8 billion, the biggest allocation among all government agencies.
However, it still falls short of the recommended funding for the education sector of 4% to 6% of the country’s gross domestic product or 15% to 20% of public expenditure based on the recommendation of the United Nations.
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