SBN-463: Fair and Equitable Access to Education Act

An Act Addressing the Classroom Shortage by Rationalizing the Allocation of the Department of Education (DepEd) Budget for Capital Outlay, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 7880, Otherwise Known As The “Fair And Equitable Access To Education Act”.

  • Amends the resource allocation of the total DepEd budget for capital outlay among legislative districts in the following manner:
    • Decreases the appropriation from 50% to 20% pro-rated according to the district student population
    • Increases the appropriation from 40% to 70% to districts with classroom shortages
    • Allocates to national high schools the remaining 10% in accordance with the implementation of the policy of this Act
  • Proposes an annual increase in the budget by 20% to eradicate classroom shortage
  • Requires the DBM, the DPWH, and the DepEd to submit to the respective Committees on Education of both houses of Congress an annual report on the release and utilization of the capital outlay
  • Provides that the obligational authority whether Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) or its equivalent and the corresponding 15% cash allocation shall be released not later than January 31 of the pertinent fiscal year
  • Directs the creation of a National School Building Committee composed of the DepEd and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to draw the Annual School Building Expenditure Program


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