In a statement, the DepEd reiterated its goal to provide all Filipino learners with free basic education in public elementary and secondary schools.
This is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 41, s. 2012 which includes the implementing policies on the collection of voluntary contributions.
Under the guidelines, these authorized contributions include those made for Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Anti-TB Fund Drive, Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), and school publication fee.
The contribution per learner for the BSP and GSP is PHP50, PHP35 for the PNRC, and PHP5 for the Anti-TB Fund Drive.
The Department stressed that an excessive amount for the PTA contribution must be avoided.
”This contribution may only be collected after the PTA presents to their members and to the school head/principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year’s collections and their proposed budget with program of activities,” DepEd said.
For the school publication fee, no more than PHP60 may be collected from elementary pupils and not more than PHP 90 for high school students.
The publication of the school newspaper, although not compulsory, is encouraged to bolster the journalism program at the elementary and secondary levels.
”DepEd maintains that contributions should not become monetary constraints for parents and learners, and acknowledges the many expenses they incur just to send their children to school,” it said.
DepEd also reiterated that failure to settle these voluntary school contributions must not be used as a basis for non-admission, non-promotion, or non-issuance of clearance to a student.