Ilocos Norte’s P145-M educ fund to usher in more school projects

LAOAG CITY — With the rapid increase in infrastructure development in the province, more school projects are expected to be implemented under the Special Education Fund (SEF).

For 2017, the Provincial Development Council in Ilocos Norte reported a significant increase in its collection of special education fund tax, one of the fastest growing revenue sources of local government units, with an average annual growth of 30 percent.

According to Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos, the province has approximately PHP130 million unobligated SEF for this year, ready for disposal.

This is apart from additional PHP15-million collections from the province’s one percent share in real property tax to finance various school programs this year.

By next year, the SEF of Ilocos Norte could be over PHP222 million. To adhere to the new set of guidelines in the SEF tax utilization, only projects related to early childhood development and sports facilities for both elementary and high school are allowed for implementation.

In view of this, public schools in the province are being urged to fast track their request for funding. Some of these projects may include the construction of Day Care centers, laboratory schools, comfort rooms, sports facilities and equipment, among others.