By Saul E. Pa-a
President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday morning to investigate the schools defying its “no collection policy” and address increasing number of school dropouts.
The President, who was in Shell Tabangao, Batangas City to kick-off the new phase development of the Malampaya onshore natural gas power plants, issued the directive during media interviews following the energy development event.
He urged complainants to file cases and the DepEd to conduct probes into these allegations as he issued the stern warning: “Paiimbestigahan natin. Hindi natin papahintulutan at nang mapatigil natin yan.”
In an informal media interaction, a Batangas newshen brought to the President’s attention mounting allegations that various schools in Batangas are using the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) as “collection fronts” for school contributions and from other organizations.
President Aquino also pointed out the need to continue the free basic education up to high school program which his mother, the late President Corazon C. Aquino, had started.
He directed the expansion of the coverage of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program for indigent families to reach two to three million family beneficiaries this year and an additional 700,000 families next year until meeting the target of 4.6 million families in the next two years.