What Can a Local Government Unit Do for Public Education in the Philippines?
Although the special education fund was designed to meet only supplementary needs of the local schools, there was a time in the small town of Paete, Laguna, during which a major portion of its fund was used to pay for the salaries of some of its public high school teachers. I have had the rare opportunity of witnessing several meetings by the Paete local school board. What I observed was not exactly the same as what Robredo described. The principals of the schools were there and they were actively participating in decision-making. I would however agree with something that Robredo also wrote:
As a result, this has largely prevented the LSB to help address the following problems facing public schools:It is election time in the Philippines and people are campaigning for positions in the local government.
- Deteriorating quality of basic education with far-reaching effects on the country’s future
- General lack of awareness about the current state of public education among stakeholders
- Weak “soft infrastructure” support to facilitate the learning process
- Weak mechanisms for meaningful parent participation in the education of their children
- Weak involvement and participation of other community-based stakeholders in the delivery of public education services
- An underperforming LSB that has been reduced to a mere budgeting entity for local education funds
- Weak planning and budgeting practices and processes that contribute to inefficient and ineffective use of local education funds, and
- The lack of transparency and accountability in the administration of the public school system.
|A proclamation event for candidates for local positions, Paete, Laguna |
Above copied from photos shared on Facebook by Joseph Caday
- financial aid to elementary pupils
- the return of a permanent feeding program for malnourished children in elementary schools
- an "education research center" for local high school
- maintenance of computers and internet for all the local public schools
- strengthen and support the Alternative Learning System
- continue the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development