Adopt-a-School program achieves great private support
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (21 February) -- The private sector has contributed some P4.05 billion to the Department of Education's (DepEd) Adopt-A-School Program.
According to the press report of the DepEd, of the total contribution of P4.05 billion, the biggest share went to health and nutrition with P2.3 billion allotment which benefited students in 42,000 public schools nationwide. Technology support to education got P1.3 billion with 6,849 school recipients. Training and professional development was allotted P15.3 million with 614 school recipients. P24.6 million was allotted to infrastructure and physical facilities of 56 schools.
DepEd's reading program was allotted P39.6 million with 349 recipient schools. Leraning support had P58.9 million with 72 recipient schools. Direct assistance to pupils in public schools got P8 million while a combination of donor-driven packages was allotted P10 million.
Secretary Jesli Lapus said that "the private sector has been responding well to our call for greater involvement in improving basic education. We thank our Adopt-A-School program benefactors even as we appeal for more partners".
Private sector support in 2007 showed that completed projects amounted to P15.7 million and ongoing projects-P3.8 billion.
Adopt-A-School is a special thrust of the DepEd to facilitate greater private sector support for education.
The expansion of the Adopt-A-School program in 2007 opened more private sector involvement in improving the public basic education program. It emphasizes the need for stakeholders, especially at the community level, to be involved in improving public basic education in their localities, the DepEd press report disclosed. (PIA) [top]