September 19, 2022 – The Department of Education (DepEd) has proposed a budget of Php532 Million for SPED for FY 2023.
Unfortunately, despite our earnest efforts to advocate for our learners with special needs, it was not considered in the National Expenditure Program (NEP). This is true for two other programs that were excluded from the NEP.
This is a recurring circumstance every year, and DepEd is not at a loss because we always work with members of Congress to find other ways to fund DepEd programs.
In the past years, DepEd has likewise made efforts within the organization to ensure that programs are supported.
This statement is released with the hope of clarifying and addressing malicious and misleading reports that DepEd deliberately excluded funding for the Special Education Program.