SORSOGON CITY (10-April-2013) – Makabayan senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño today announced that he filed House Resolution 3044 calling for an inquiry on the various tuition and loan policies of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
“Government should direct concerned agencies and bodies to immediately review existing policies and rules of state universities and colleges (SUCs) in relation to tuition, loan grants and other payment schemes. While SUCs are granted relative autonomy, government should have a set of minimum guidelines prioritizing the right of students to education over the generation of revenues,” the three-term congressman said.
His announcement came after news of the death of a first-year UP student attributed to her family’s inability to pay tuition and the university’s forced leave of absence policy.
Casiño, the senior vice chairperson of the Congressional Committee on Higher and Technical Education, also urged the re-directing of funds for SUCs.
Last year, the progressive solon lobbied for the reinstatement of the P54 billion budget requested by SUCs as the Department of Budget and Management slashed it to just P37.1 billion.
“The sad part is that of the P37.1 billion budget, at least P27 billion will go to employees’ salaries and benefits alone. This leaves around P6 billion only for operations and a mere P3 billion as capital outlay for new facilities and equipment. This is ridiculously small considering it will be divided among 110 schools servicing more than two million students,” he said at the time.
Casiño has long been advocating for substantial increases in the education budget. He is the primary author of bills regulation tuition fees and protecting the right of students to take their exams even without permit, to choose on whether or not to attend a review center, among others.