Strengthening Public Service Delivery in Education (Kindergarten to 12)
The Philippines is striving to deliver improved public services, having shown significant results but also some challenges in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At a middle level in income and human development, with significant fiscal space, and where official development assistance now represents a small fraction of total financial flows, the country is committed to making more effective use of its internal resources to fulfil its development goals.
In 2016, under a $60 million government financing agreement, UNDP began assisting the Department of Education in delivering one of the Government’s most critical programmes, the Kinder to Grade 12 Basic Education Programme. Through this agreement, UNDP provides an assistance package that includes technical support for public financial management reform, capacity development, citizens’ engagement in monitoring service delivery and procurement services.
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Partnership with UNDP
UNDP is well positioned to support a country where domestic resources for development have soared exponentially in recent years, but capacities to deliver services have not kept up, resulting in delays in project implementation and expenditure of allocated budget.
Under a financing agreement with the Department of Education, where the bulk of funding is from the Government, UNDP offers global expertise, high standards of transparency and accountability, and expert programme management support to accelerate service delivery. The support is time-bound, as UNDP will exit once the Department of Education’s policies and programmes are refined, and its service delivery capacities are sufficiently strengthened.
As part of expediting implementation of the K-12 Programme, a government financing partnership with UNDP was agreed to help reduce remaining capacity gaps and ensure the timely delivery of quality development services.
The partnership initially focused on expediting the procurement and delivery of ICT equipment and services for schools, while ensuring quality and best value for money.
Closing Management Gaps
Alongside the provision of procurement and programme management support services, UNDP is implementing a technical assistance package to help the Department of Education improve its delivery of education services.
First, a diagnostic assessment will identify strengths, weaknesses, risks and opportunities for reform in the Department’s public financial management systems.
Partnering with UNDP, the Department of Education (DepEd) plans to deliver information technology (IT) equipment to more than 5,000 public senior high schools throughout the country, including 4,000 schools with no access to power, and where the ICT packages will be bundled with solar power systems.
In order to track and validate the delivery of equipment to local schools, UNDP has also implemented a third-party monitoring (TPM) system in six regions.
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