Kabataan Partylist warns of underfunding, budget cuts on State schools in proposed 2018 budget

Rep. Sarah Elago

By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – Having attained victory for the passage into law the free tuition bill, or free access to tertiary education. Youth party Kabataan Partylist has started eyeing any move to undercut proposed education budget for 2018.

Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago Monday questioned the continued underfunding and budget cuts that hound the 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country, as deliberations on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) budget for 2018 has started.

“Despite the increase in budget from PhP58.9 billion to PhP61.4 billion, 43 SUCs are set to incur net budget decreases for 2018. 23 SUCs will suffer cuts in their Personal Service (PS) budget, while 50 will have cuts in their Maintenance and Operating Expenses (MOOE) budget and 49 have cuts in their Capital Outlay (CO) budget. In fact, the Philippine State College of Aeronautics has zero budget for CO for 2018,” the youth solon explained.

The youth solon also added how SUCs are expected to keep earning internal income. “Kapansin-pansin ang walang patid na pagtaas na internally generated income ng mga pamantasan at kolehiyo mula 2010 hanggang 2016,” Elago said.

According to the 2018 Budget of Expenditures and Sources of Financing, the DBM expects SUCs to earn P44.7 from their internal income for 2018. P13.2 billion is expected to come from tuition collection.

Sa pagbuo ng datos para sa inaasahang internal na kita, malinaw na hindi isinaalang-alang ang noo’y panukalang batas para sa libreng edukasyon sa kolehiyo. Sa pagkapasa ng batas na nagbabawal sa pagkolekta ng matrikula at iba pang bayarin mula sa mga estudyante, paano binabalak abutin ngayon ang inaasahang napakalaking internal na kitang ito? Mayroon bang bagong iskema o polisiyang ipapatupad upang pataasin ang internal na kita ng SUCs?,” Elago asked.

The youth solon expressed the youth’s vigilance and challenged CHED to ensure that it will not renege on the youth’s clamor as expressed by the initial victory in having a free education bill signed into law. [BicolToday.com]

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