SOME P42.3 billion has been allocated by the national government for state universities and colleges (SUCs) for this school year, according to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
CHED data showed that this year’s budget for state-funded colleges is P4.2 billion higher as compared to last year’s allocation of P38 billion.
Of this amount, P22.7 billion will be used for upgrading of teachers’ salaries, P10.8 billion fo improvement of schools’ facilities and equipment and P8.8 billion for construction of additional school buildings.
Lawyer Julito Vitriolo, CHED executive director, however, said this amount is insufficient based on actual needs of the 112 public higher education institutions, adding that the funding from the national government is relatively lower than the proposed P122.7-billion budget.
“It’s never enough although they [SUCs] have internal income that they can use,” Vitriolo told this reporter in an interview on Friday.
“But for fast development, SUCs should use their corporate powers to enter into financing schemes, joint ventures and similar schemes to finance operations,” the CHED official said.
The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (Pasuc) earlier said the budget allocations for the SUCs in the past years had been dwindling in real terms.
“Allocation for capital outlay [fund for the construction of additional classrooms and equipment]has been nil for the past 15 years, with the exception in 2013-2014. No funds for additional faculty and administrative personnel for the increasing number of students enrolling in the SUCs since the 1980s. The budget of SUCs now is on the same level as the budget in the early 1980s [in real terms]where the student population was still about 30 percent of what we have today,” Pasuc president Ricardo Rotoras said.
Pasuc is the largest association of public higher education institutions composed of 102 state universities and colleges.