MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) has reiterated its proposal to realign the disapproved confidential fund towards the National Learning Recovery Program (NLRP), emphasizing the potential benefits for learners. DepEd Assistant Secretary Francis Cesar Bringas discussed the proposal during the Bagong Pilipinas Ngayon briefing on Friday.
According to Philippines News Agency, the realignment of the PHP150 million confidential fund to the NLRP would greatly impact learners as the country is still recovering from learning losses incurred during and prior to the pandemic. This suggestion arose after senators expressed interest in providing additional funds for the Government Assistance for Private Education (GASTPE) program. Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte assured that, even without the confidential fund, DepEd is committed to addressing threats to the learning environment and ensuring the safety and security of its personnel. The threats identified by DepEd include sexual abuse, violence, graft and corruption, illegal drug involvement, recruitment for insurgency, terrorism, violent extremism, child labor, child pornography, and criminal activities. Senator Ronald dela Rosa also called for increased vigilance against insurgent recruitment among basic education learners. Bringas reassured that DepEd will continue to focus on improving literacy levels and implementing programs that protect learners from external threats, emphasizing the inclusion of peace education in the curriculum to foster appreciation for peace and nationalistic values among students.