The board alsodiscussed other topics such as the Western Visayas Regional AthleticAssociation Meet and the problem on absenteeism. Dr. Jerry Bionat,board secretary and chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office, said some public schools in the province do not have comfortrooms and water systems. ILOILO – Sanitaryfacilities are among the basic facilities public schools must have. The budget issourced from the Special Education Fund (SEF). The governor willconvene the Provincial School Board again to know the academic programs ofDepEd that are relevant to the province and to look for areas of collaboration.(LHC, Capitol News/PN) The provincialgovernment is thus prioritizing the construction and repair of comfort rooms,wash area and water system in public schools. He encouragedschools to submit requests for construction and repair of their facilitiesbecause these are included in the board’s budget. “We want toprioritize sanitary facilities as they are at the least budgetary priority ofthe Department of Education (DepEd),” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. during aProvincial School Board meeting to discuss its budget priorities for 2019.