Realigning Pork Barrel to DepEd's Budget
"While it's great to say thank you and accept that offer, I also would want to make sure that this is done in a way whereby we can assure ourselves [and Congress] that our absorbing capacity will allow us to spend the budget that they will add."
|Philippines' DepEd Secretary|
Brother Armin A. Luístro
ACT Teachers Rep Antonio Tinio said he didn't think sustaining programs that will be funded by the PDAF would be a problem since it will be an annual allocation.
|Representative Antonio Tinio|
ACT Teachers Party-List
There is likewise another angle equally important and worth the attention. This angle goes beyond the question of corruption and shortages in education. Having ample funds for public education is a necessary but not a sufficient condition. Spending per student does not strongly correlate with learning outcomes. It is true that below a certain threshold, academic results are poor, but beyond that threshold how the money is spent makes a difference. A lot of education reforms are wasteful. Spending wisely is crucial. This requires correct prioritization and reforms must be based on evidence and not whims. Corruption indeed needs to be addressed but let us not forget that incompetence is likewise a serious problem. Without addressing incompetence and waste, the "tea party option" may actually be better: "Simply return the money to the taxpayers".