United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay will give priority to the education sector when he becomes President.
“Napapabayaan ang ating mga eskwelahan dahil sa napakakonti ng budget. I promise you, dadagdagan ko po ang budget ng lahat ng ating eskuwelahan (Our schools are being neglected because of the small budgets allocated to them. I promise you, I will increase their budgets),” he said during the recent celebration of the 24th foundation of the Naguilian National High School.
Binay identified giving free books, uniforms and school supplies for public school students as one of his priority programs during his first year in office.
Other priority programs include abolition of income taxes for workers earning P30,000 a month or less; continued and expanded Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); and free healthcare for the poor.
The UNA standard-bearer cited the need to invest heavily in education.
“Dapat libre na ang mga bata sa pag-aaral. Dapat ding ipagpatuloy ang [Education should be free. My administration will continue the] feeding program for the millions of students in grade school,” he said.
“Kailangan din na madagdagan ang budget for scholarships. Kailangan magkaroon pa ng pera para sa pautang para doon sa mga gustong mag-aral [Budgets for scholarships should also be increased. It’s time to have money for lending to those who want to study],” the Vice President added.
Binay, who taught at St. Scholastica’s College, cited the importance of training for teachers.
“We should have more trainings for our teachers to help them in their professional growth,” he said.
Teachers’ salaries, according to Binay, should be increased to entice them to stay and work in the country.
“Ang sweldo ng mga teachers dapat nang dagdagan. Maraming mga teacher ang pumupunta abroad [Teachers’ salaries should be increased. Many go abroad,” he said, adding that some even chose to work as household helps.
Binay also highlighted the importance of ensuring the employability of graduates.
"We will improve the skills and competence [of our workers], especially now that we are facing the Asean Integration. Our advantage is that we can provide the manpower, but that manpower should be skilled and competent,” he pointed out..
Also present during the UNA’s campaign sortie in La Union were UNA senatorial candidates broadcaster Rey Langit, labor lawyer Allan Montaño, former Special Action Force director Getulio Napeñas and Parañaque City (Metro Manila) councilor Alma Moreno.