DepEd receives P28.8-B donation DepEd receives P28.8-B donation

DepEd receives P28.8-B donation

The Department of Education (DepEd) has received more than P28.8 billion in donations from the private sector through its Adopt-A-School Program (ASP) from 2011 to 2015.

The program enables the private sector to assist the DepEd in improving the country’s public education system by investing, giving donations and adopting schools, especially those in the poorest provinces.

“Because of you and through you, change has come for our schools and our learners,” Mario Deriquito, DepEd Undersecretary for Partnerships and External Linkages, told donors during the recent ASP activity at the Meralco multi-purpose hall in Ortigas, Pasig City.

In 2015 alone, DepEd said the ASP received nearly P8 billion worth of donations.

“You have helped us bring change to the lives of the students. We are grateful for the support the education department has received over the past six years,” Deriquito said.

ASP is an initiative under Republic Act 8525 or the Adopt-A-School Act of 1998.

Areas of investments or donations include construction or upgrading of school facilities, provision of instructional materials, modernization of learning technologies, training and capability-building of DepEd faculty and staff, and other areas aimed at improving the education system.

The DepEd has created a database and a mapping system of all the donations with information on the nature of the private sector’s engagement and location of the different programs and initiatives.

“This database shows how the donations are put to good use, and provides our partners with information about what the others are doing so they can also enter into partnerships between and among themselves, for the cause of Philippine education,” Deriquito said.


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