By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is recommending an increase in the Department of Education’s capital outlay budget for Special Education (SPED) from P96 million to P160 million.
Gatchalian said it is in order to guarantee that every region of the nation has a model Inclusive Learning Resource Center (ILRC) for Learners with Disabilities.
“This representation sincerely recommends that we increase the budget of capital outlay from P96 million to P160 million just to convert SPED centers in all regions, and we will have one model ILRC per region,” said Gatchalian, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, during his interpellation of the proposed DepEd budget for 2023.
The P96 million budgeted amount was allocated for the conversion of 16 SPED Centers across the country into ILRCs, which are required to provide free support services to students with disabilities.
These services include language and speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical and physiotherapy, the provision of qualified sign language interpreters, and other similar services, aids, and actions that facilitate learning.
Additionally, inclusive education initiatives must be carried out at these facilities.
However, P8 million to P10 million is the minimal amount of funding needed for the conversion of SPED Centers. (AI/MTVN)