Diokno assures the budget for DepEd, CHED will remain as top priority of gov’t

A Filipino kindergarten student looks for her parents during a graduation ceremony at the Assumpta Academy in Bulacan, central Philippines, Friday 19 March 2004. (EPA/DENNIS SABANGAN)

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) assured the education sectors, Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), that they would continue to receive the biggest allocation in the 2019 national budget on Friday, September 21.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also addressed that their department is still expecting a lot of students to qualify for their scholarships and allowances with the implementation of the Free Tuition Law. He also added that the budget for programs under the Student Financial Assistance Programs, which includes Tulong Dunong, was “rationalized to make way for the implementation of the Free Tuition Law,” particularly its Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES).

Diokno also reminded the students who are currently enrolled in State Universities and College (SUCs) and  CHED-accredited Local Colleges and Universities (LCUS) that they are automatically qualified to free tuition and fees. Meanwhile, those who are enrolled at a private higher education institute, Diokno said that they can basically apply under the TES.

The education sector’s allocation under the proposed 2019 national budget is P659.3 billion, up 12.3 percent from its cash-based equivalent of P587.1 billion in the 2018 budget.

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