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DepEd to get lion's share of 2014 nat'l budget

The Department of Education will again receive the largest share of the national budget next year, with P336.9 billion or nearly 15 percent of the total P2.268 trillion fund to be allotted to it, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said Wednesday.

The amount will be 14.8 percent more than the P293.4 billion the department is programmed to receive this year, said Abad.

The Budget chief added that the money will be used to cover the basic education needs of at least 16,862,916 students in the kindergarten, elementary and secondary school levels.

It will also be used to continue the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms and water and sanitation facilities, among other expenditures. About P8.6 billion will be allocated for the creation of 33,194 teaching positions nationwide.

The Department of Public Works and Highways will receive the next largest share of the 2014 budget. It is set to receive P213.5 billion next year, 40 percent more than the P152.4 billion it will receive this year. Part of the funds will be used for flood control projects and to build and rehabilitate roads.

Other departments and their allocations include:

Department of Interior and Local Government: P135.4 billion,

Department of National Defense: P123.1 billion,

Department of Health: P87.1 billion,

Department of Agriculture: P80.7 billion,

Department of Social Welfare and Development: P78.9 billion,

Department of Transportation and Communications: P48.7 billion,

Department of Environment and Natural Resources: P23.9 billion, and

Department of Agrarian Reform: P20.4 billion. — BM, GMA News