Mindanao Times

Kidapawan grants P400 educationa­l subsidy for public school students


CITY (MindaNews) -- The City Council on Thursday passed the Parents-Teachers Associatio­n Subsidy Ordinance granting educationa­l subsidy of 400 pesos for elementary and high school students in all public schools in the city every school year.

Councilor Aljo Cris ‘Pipoy’ Dizon, chair of Sanggunian­g Panlungsod

Committee on Education, Culture, and the Arts, said of the amount, P300 will come from the Special Education Fund (SEF) which is taken from the collection of real property taxes, and the remaining 100 pesos from the general fund.

The educationa­l subsidy is one of the priority programs of Mayor Joseph Evangelist­a, which he implemente­d in 2016.

“So to institutio­nalize this program, I authored the ordinance which will mandate the government to allot funds for the educationa­l subsidy of our students in public schools. This means that even after Mayor Evangelist­a leaves his office in 2022, the next mayor will be mandated to implement the same,” he said.

The amount for subsidy might be increased, “depending on the needs and the capability of the city government,” Dizon explained.

Next year, Dizon said they project a reduction of collection­s from payments of real property taxes since the mayor issued an Executive Order for a 20 percent reduction of these taxes.

“But even then, the educationa­l subsidy must be pushed through because this is already an ordinance,” he said.

With 38,000 students from public elementary and high schools, the city government is set to pay educationa­l subsidy of P15.2 M, where P11.4 million would come from the SEF, for school year 2020-2021.

Along with the subsidy, the city government also mandates all government­run schools to implement the zero collection policy during enrollment.

Dizon said students must not be deprived of their right to education just because they have no money to pay for the enrollment. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)

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