Mendoza: New guidelines in utilizing school MOOE

Lorenzo E. Mendoza

Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte, Ceso IV, Regional Director, DepEd-Davao to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education). "Let me assure you that in the performance of my official duties and even my private acts will be guided and guarded by my Oath of Office, The Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno, the Philippine Constitution and all the laws that govern our actions.”


WITH the end view of providing guidance to all public schools on the derivation, release and the utilization of school MOOE, ensure timely and optimal use of school resources and institute mechanisms for transparency and accountability, the Department of Education released DepEd Order No. 13, s. 2016, otherwise known as, “Implementing Guidelines on the Direct Release of the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) Allocation of Schools Including Other Funds Managed by Schools.

Unlike in the previous releases where there were funds released thru the Central Office like funding for special programs, internet connectivity, Gulayan sa Paaralan and School Based Management grants, in 2016, they will be released directly to the schools.

The main consideration in the use of the MOOE is the approved School Improvement Plan (SIP) for implementation in the current year as reflected in the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) of the school.

Funds are allocated to support school-based training and activities selected to address the needs of the schools and expenses on special curricular programs(special program for the arts, special program for sports, etc.) as deemed necessary depending on the inclinations of most of the students including previous recipients and those who will intent to open such programs.

Graduation rites and moving up activities are also part of said expenses. School supplies and other consumables for teachers and students needs necessary in the conduct of classes, minor repairs of facilities, building and ground maintenance and the upkeep of the school and rental and minor repairs of tools and equipment necessary for teaching and learning are also part of the MOOE expenses.

MOOE allocation will also be used to pay wages for janitorial, transportation/ mobility and security services, utilities such as water and electricity and communication expenses like telephone and internet connectivity. It can also be used for reproduction of teacher-made activity sheets and those downloaded from the Learning Resource Management and Development System (LRMDS), answering on different learning situations and needs.

Small capital expenditure no more than Php 15,000 can also be procured based on the Manual issued by the Commission on Audit (COA).

However, the following cannot be procured using the MOOE: school furniture like seats, teacher’s tables and chairs, textbooks and other instructional materials like publications, periodicals and review materials.

With these new guidelines, this corner hopes that the school heads and teachers will do all necessary planning and timely implementation of their proposed programs and projects aligned with DepEd Central, Regional and Division offices and most of all, for improving the learning outcomes of the learners.


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