Inuna pagpapaganda! Briones: P389-M budget for dumping white sand on Manila Bay could’ve been spent on gadgets
The P389-million budget for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay– including the dumping of white sand on its shores– could’ve been used to buy gadgets for students and teachers for blended learning, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday (September 7).
Briones was asked during a virtual press briefing how the Department of Education (DepEd) would’ve used the budget for Manila Bay’s beautification.
“Sigurado ako malaking bahagi nyan mapupunta sa pangangailangan ng gadgets. Kasi we have more than 3,000 last mile schools na walang connectivity, medyo isolated sila,” she said.
The DepEd can also use part of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ budget for the Manila Bay project to print modules, Briones added.
She, however, stressed that DepEd doesn’t meddle in other government agencies’ budgets.
“Kung ano ang inallocate samin ng Presidente at ng Department of Budget, ‘yun ang pinagkakasya namin,” Briones said.
DENR started last week dumping artificial white sand made from dolomite on the Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard as part of its project to rehabilitate Manila Bay.
Critics, however, have opposed the project, saying it will be a waste of public funds because the sand might be washed away by waves or typhoon.