ASSISTANCE. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. (3rd from left) turns over checks and school equipment to identified schools in the province on Thursday (Nov. 24, 2022). Thirty-four elementary and secondary schools received support funded under the Special Education Fund of the province of Iloilo. (Photo courtesy of Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo)

ILOILO CITY – Thirty-four elementary and secondary schools in the province of Iloilo are recipients of PHP100.93 million sourced from the provincial government’s Special Education Fund (SEF).

“We sync with the DepEd to know the needs of the schools,” said Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., who led the distribution of the checks on Thursday.

A press statement released by the Balita Halin sa Kapitolyo on Friday said the provision of assistance is a banner program of the provincial government under the “Bulig Eskwela Sang Probinsya Program” (BES Probins Program).

Defensor signed Executive Order 420 on Sept. 27, 2022 for the implementation of the program for an effective, relevant, and transformative educational system in Iloilo province.

“It (fund) will be used for construction of school buildings, rehabilitation, and repair of facilities, and purchase of laptops and printers, among others,” the press statement added.

The recipients were from Alimodian, Badiangan, Bingawan, Concepcion, Leon, Maasin, Mina, Passi City, Pavia, San Dionisio, San Joaquin, Sara, Barotac Nuevo, and Sta. Barbara with one school each; Barotac Viejo, Batad, Oton, and Janiuay with two schools; Calinog with three; Carlos has four schools; and Tigbauan with five recipient schools. (PNA)