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Campus, Nadine Gutierrez

Government 2013 budget for SUCs at P37.1 billion


Last July 18, 2012 the Aquino Administration revealed its Php 37.1 billion budget for state universities and colleges (SUCs) for 2013.

The new budget is 43.6 percent or Php 11.2 billion higher than the 2012 budget of Php 25.8 billion, and is part of the Aquino administration’s reform agenda.

“This way, the delivery of higher education will be more efficient and accessible. Following the roadmap will also allow SUCs to develop their students’ capabilities so they’re well-prepared to join the work force.” said Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad

Php 25.13 billion of the proposed budget is to be used to support personnel services, up by 21.6 percent, due to the raising of salaries of SUC teachers and staffs following the implementation of the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law III.

Whereas, Php 6.4 billion will be allotted for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE). Abad added that MOOE will also receive normative funding for “improvements in teaching quality and the establishment of quality assurance systems in SUCs.”

“Funding support will therefore be based on a set criteria to bolster our rationalization efforts in SUCs, so that more programs and courses respond directly to growing industry demands.” Said Abad.

Rationalization of SUCs includes mapping leading universities and centers of excellence and development in all regions, developing high-level disciplines or courses demanded by the market, and aligning academic programs according to SUCs’ leading regional industries.

Php 3.36 billion will be set aside for capital outlay (CO), a 664 percent increase, to support the infrastructure needs of SUCs. This, Abad says, is because the administration recognizes the need of CO support, of which SUCs are to receive allocations directly.

The University of the Philippines

Of the Php 37.1 billion SUC budget for 2013, Php 10 billion is allocated to the University of the Philippines – a Php 3.9 billion increase from the 2012 allocated budget.

The allocation of the budgeted amount is as follows: Php 1.45 billion for CO support (from Php 190 million this year), Php 6.5 billion for personnel services (from Php 1.2 billion), and Php 2 billion for UP’s MOOE activities (up by 188.2 percent).

Other expenses are for retirement and life insurance premium support of faculty and staff. – Nadine Gutierrez

As reported by the Philippine Star

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