By lovely a. carillo
The attractiveness of the city to investors has paved the way for development but this has also exerted too much pressure on Davao City’s social services.
“Development is exerting a lot of pressure on our social services but this is part and parcel of a community that is fast growing just like Davao,” Councilor Pilar Braga, chair committee on education said.
Braga said Mayor Sara Duterte has always prioritized education and it is even included as a priority sector in the city. Thus, she said, there is a bigger budget for education.
However, there are many people coming to Davao City because of its growth. Today, the city has to provide education not only to the city’s residents but also from other areas, she said.
“But the city is coping and focused on what the problems are and what the city government can do to solve and alleviate these problems,” she said.
The city provides the salaries for up to 100 teachers through the Local Schools Board (LSB) as provided in the Local Government Code, which paved the way for the creation of the LSB to help fund public schools through the Special Education Fund (SEF).
“We can’t give all the requirements of our public schools as we have very limited capability, but we cater to those who send us their requests,” she said.
Braga said the funds for the SEF come from one per cent of the real estate taxes collected by the city. There is also set of guidelines as to how the SEF is spent and the most common expenditures are for construction, repair, maintenance, research, school facilities and purchase of books.