The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to create rural farm schools in every province as the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Rural Farm Schools law have been approved, signed by DepEd Sec. Armin Luistro on July 29, 2015. The law was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino on Sept. 2013 but it was only recently that the IRR was finalized.
The Farm Schools law aims to provide secondary students in the provinces access to agriculture-oriented education. The schools could be government owned or put up by the private sector. Under the law, students in public farm schools will not pay tuition and other school fees. On the other hand, the private farm schools will only charge minimal tuition and other fees.
The finalization of the IRR for the Farm Schools law is the last step in the implementation of the law. At present there are 16 farm schools in the country. but only one is owned by the government. The government’s program now is to pave the way for the setting up of at least one farm school, public or private, in each of the country’s more than 80 provinces.