Budgets and Values
|Above copied from the Government Procurement Policy Board|
Clearly, in the above partial list, there are educational programs supported by the local government. Training in welding, rice retailing, dress making, community store, wood carving, vegetable farming, and cosmetology garners over 5 million PhP, roughly 25 times what the local government doles out to help prepare classrooms in basic education. The new K-12 curriculum often boasts of its tech-vocational curriculum yet local governments still spend a lot of money on livelihood training. In Paete, the local government spends millions of pesos just for the materials for these training programs. Does a senior high school course in cosmetology cost 300,000 PhP?
Governments must not only spend money on what we value but also measure whether this spending is actually yielding results. In the field of education, it is known that early childhood education gets the biggest bang for the buck.
|Above copied from MPRNews|
Paete spend only 50,000 PhP on foods and materials for day care worker training.
What we spend our money on tells us a lot about what we value. Unfortunately, in the Philippines, our values may not be guiding where we spend money on. As far as I know, early childhood and basic education are the top priorities among most Filipinos yet the municipal government in Paete spends so much more money in putting make-up than in fixing classrooms, school feeding, and daycare.