Ser­vice with hon­esty

Sun.Star Baguio - - Speakout -

IN the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, ev­ery­body de­serves to be com­pen­sated well, but ap­pren­tices de­serve the best. Learn­ers are the bread and but­ter of teach­ing and non­teach­ing per­son­nel for with­out them, no schools and teach­ers. Hon­esty and fair­ness speak loudly when it comes to main­te­nance and su­per­vi­sion of schools for this af­fects the learn­ers. Hon­esty and ded­i­ca­tion in pub­lic ser­vice in the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in­cludes proper uti­liza­tion of the Main­te­nance and Other Op­er­at­ing Ex­penses (MOOE).

But what is MOOE? The Main­te­nance and Other Op­er­at­ing Ex­penses (MOOE) is the al­lo­cated funds for pub­lic el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary schools that can be spent on ac­tiv­i­ties and ne­ces­si­ties (i.e. elec­tric­ity and wa­ter) that can sup­port learn­ing pro­grams and help main­tain a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment in schools.

How much MOOE will the school re­ceive would de­pend on the num­ber of en­rol­ment. This means that if the school has a big num­ber of en­rollees, it could ex­pect a big­ger MOOE and lesser if it has few en­rollees.

MOOE is ben­e­fi­cial to the school. It is where the pay­ment for the elec­tric bill comes from; also mi­nor re­pairs, re­mu­ner­ate travel/train­ing ex­penses, pro­cure­ment of in­struc­tional sup­plies and other op­er­at­ing ex­penses of the school. How­ever, when this fund is not man­aged prop­erly, can cause con­flict be­tween the prin­ci­pal and the teach­ers. Any­time, ev­ery school head has trans­par­ent records of ex­penses to the teach­ers con­cern. In this way, they show that that they can be trusted by be­ing cau­tious in pur­chas­ing sup­plies and be­ing able to post the monthly dis­burse­ments on the bul­letin board in­side the of­fice. Many teach­ers are not vig­i­lant in terms of how school heads uti­lize the MOOE fund. This is the rea­son why many school heads do not in­tend to min­i­mize, or stop im­proper uti­liza­tion of the MOOE.

The essence of trans­parency is given prime im­por­tance by any pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tion as it want to en­sure that the trea­sury is prop­erly uti­lize for what is in­tended for, that is, pub­lic ser­vice. If the fund is al­lo­cated to be spent in the pro­cure­ment of school sup­plies nec­es­sary in class­room teach­ing, so be it. If it is al­lo­cated to be spent to pay for util­i­ties, then proper uti­liza­tion of it is re­quired. Gov­ern­ment re­sources should be given im­por­tance of it pro­vides es­sen­tial ser­vices. Pub­lic ser­vants shall aspire to en­sure the proper, ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient use of pub­lic money. It is ev­ery­body’s role to fight cor­rup­tion. Ev­ery­body should be aware that what the gov­ern­ment is spend­ing in the de­part­ment should be prop­erly uti­lized and ac­counted well. In this way, gov­ern­ment ser­vice providers will be the role mod­els and true he­roes in the eyes of the chil­dren. Ma­ri­etta D. Pa­calso

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