MANILA — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED headed by Dr. Patricia Licuanan on Thursday denied that the budget for State Colleges and Universities (SUCs) has been considerably chopped down.
In a statement released by CHED, Licuanan said President Benigno Aquino lll’s administration recognized the strategic role of SUCs in national development, contrary to Vice president Jojo Binay’s recent State of the Nation Address in Cavite.
The Aquino administration considerably increased the budget of SUCs from PhP22.03 billion in 2011 to PhP42.28 billion in 2015, almost doubling the amount in five years, said the statement.
Contrary to Vice President Jejomar Binay’s claim of only PhP809 million in his “True SONA” at the Cavite State University, the SUCs’ budget in 2014 was PhP35.93 billion.
In the same year, the University of the Philippines (UP) System and Mindanao State University (MSU) received PhP9.37 billion and PhP1.97 billion respectively, said CHED.
CHED added that while it is true that there was a slight decrease in the UP System budget of PhP156 million in 2014, the UP System received the biggest Capital Outlay (CO) allocation in 2013 of PhP1.45 billion.
Furthermore, UP’s 2015 budget is at its highest so far at PhP13.14 billion with a CO of PhP4.6 billion.
On the other hand, MSU’s budget in 2014 dropped by PhP632.66 million from the previous year because its 2013 had reached an unprecedented PhP868.59 million.
“There is also no truth to the slashing of the budgets of Cavite State University (CSU) and Isabela State University (ISU).”
In truth, the budgets of both institutions increased steadily from 2011 to 2015. In five years, CSU’s budget grew by 83.48 per cent from PhP192.69 million in 2011 to PhP353.56 in 2015.
Meanwhile, Isabela State University’s budget increased by 55.09 per cent from PhP369.29 million in 2011 to PhP572.75 in 2015, the report said.