SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
14 October 2021 07:59:30 PM
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Roman Romulo (Lone District, Pasig City) tackled on Thursday House Bill 7621, which seeks to establish a framework for funding the development and operations of the National Museum of the Philippines through the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA). The funding would complement and support the development of K-12 education in the country. Authored by Pangasinan Rep. Christopher De Venecia, the bill also aims to recognize the importance of museums in the complementarity and non-formal education of learners. During the online hearing Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Finance-Budget and Program Monitoring, and Procurement Ramon Fiel Abcede said the DepEd welcomes the bill, which proposes benchmarking a funding allocation of one percent from the DepEd’s budget. He said that he would also consult their legal division about it. The panel agreed to finalize the funding provision of the bill under Section 3 in the next hearing. Meanwhile, the committee also held an oversight inquiry on mother tongue languages with approved orthography under the K-12 mother tongue-based multilingual education. Romulo asked why orthography on three major languages are still being finalized when textbooks on the these have already been published. Officials of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) and DepEd provided the panel with updates on the monographic and orthographic inputs of mother tongue languages in learning materials that are being finalized by the two agencies.