A Critical Review of the Education Budget for CY 2002

For CY 2002, Education and Manpower Development got a total of P129 B
or about 16.6% of the P780 B legislated national budget. This amount
reflects only a nominal increase from the previous year and could
barely keep pace with inflation and projected expansion in school
enrollment. In fact, education spending decreased in real per capita
terms for the fifth straight year.

For CY 2002, Education and Manpower Development got a total of P129 B
or about 16.6% of the P780 B legislated national budget. This amount
reflects only a nominal increase from the previous year and could
barely keep pace with inflation and projected expansion in school
enrollment. In fact, education spending decreased in real per capita
terms for the fifth straight year. In comparison, Defense and Peace and
Order got the raise at 27.4% with a combined budget that is almost the
same as the allocation for basic education. Debt servicing took the
largest chunk with 26.2% of the national budget.

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