VICE President Jejomar Binay capped a four-day visit to Negros Oriental, a “Roxas country,” with a forum with around 3,000 students and faculty of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) vowing that his administration will increase the budget for state and colleges universities.
The day before, Binay visited the towns of to Bais, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, Guihulngan, and Vallehermosa, where he was greeted by some 5,000 residents.
In his speech at NORSU, Binay said poverty is the root cause of all problems in society.
“Kailangan din na ang ating pangulo ay may compassion, may malasakit sa kanyang kapwa Pilipino, lalung-lalo na sa mga mahihirap sa ating bansa,” he added.
Believing that education is the poor’s way out of poverty, Binay vowed that under his administration he will increase the budget for state and colleges universities.
“’Yan ang problema natin ngayon: kulang na kulang ang tulong ng ating pamahalaan sa ating mga eskwelahan lalo na sa state colleges and universities,” he said.
Binay, who had been mayor of Makati for 27 years, recounted how the city government endeavored to transform the destitute Makati Polytechnic Community College into the prosperous University of Makati (UMAK).
The Makati government gave UMAK P500 million annual subsidy for its operations.
Due to sufficient government support, UMAK was able to help address unemployment in Makati and bridge the gap between what is produced by schools and what is required by the market, he added.