By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian says that the fund for the Department of Education is “rational” as it would be used to resolve child abuse, sexual harassment, and other crimes affecting the education sector.
“If they think the confidential funds are important to solve issues, for example, sexual harassment issues, issues on let’s say child abuse, issues on crime-related activities within the school perimeter, then kailangan,” Gatchalian said.
“May mga problema talaga ang schools natin at ang communities natin. So kung kailangan nila ng tools to solve crimes through confidential funds, then nakikita ko rational naman ‘yon,” he added.
Gatchalian assured that the use of confidential funds would be safeguarded as it has reportorial requirements of the Commission on Audit (COA), Office of the President, and Congress.
“May safeguards tayo. So COA is one, Office of the President is another, and I believe may report din ‘yan sa Congress,” the senator said. (ai/mtvn)