July 16, 2024

Teachers in the Cordillera, through the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, are concerned about the Commission on Audit’s advice to the city government of Baguio to terminate time deposit accounts containing accumulated unexpended funds from the Special Education Fund (SEF).
COA stated that only idle funds may be deposited in high yield savings accounts.
As of 2023, P187,744,336.47 have accumulated in the previous years from substantial unexpended balances.
These are deposited in three high yield accounts, “contrary to its purpose that the same should have been used for the operation and maintenance of public schools, construction and repair of school buildings, facilities and equipment, purchase of books and periodicals, and sports development.”
Does this mean that school needs have sufficiently been responded to?
Many public schools in Baguio reported the perennial lack of education facilities, equipment and supplies every school year. This is the reason why other stakeholders’ support is solicited in the institutionalized Brigada Eskwela and throughout the school year. This is in addition to the clear need for the P10,000 teaching supplies allowance which ACT Teachers party-list had recently lobbied into law.
We support the COA advice to the city government to inform the Local School Board of the existence of this amount so that they can study its maximization for the good of our public schools and our students.
We also encourage fellow teachers and school administrators to report instances of insufficient funds for school maintenance and other school expenses, school supplies and the like, to ACT-Cordillera so it may channel these concerns to the proper offices. — ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS-CAR, Baguio City