Sen. Ralph Recto
By Brenda L. del Rosario
MANILA — STUDENTS from state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as those in private schools will be subsidized by the government next school year.
Senator Ralph Recto said yesterday that budget allocation should be rationalized and needs reworking based on updated and fair parameters.
He said as the government increases funding for state colleges, solidarity dictates that a rising tide must raise all ships.
“For 2021, the average per student cost in SUCs is P80,000. That’s the yearly taxpayer burden per SUC student. This is roughly based on the SUCs P80 billion appropriation and CHED funds for public school scholarships of P25 billion, or a total of P105 billion for 1.3 million students” Recto said.
“But students in private colleges get taxpayer subsidy too, at a rate of P60,000 each next year. Sila yung 341,000 enrollees sa pribado na magbebenepisyo sa tuition subsidy na nagkakahalaga ng P20 billion. Ito ay pangangasiwaan ng CHED ayon sa probisyon at mandato ng Tertiary Education Subsidy sa Republic Act No. 10931, o Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Law,” the senator continues.
Recto admitted that not all SUC students are funded equally because each may have different requirements from their respective schools.
In the present 15th Congress, Senator Recto chairs the Committees on Ways and Means and on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises. He also co-chairs the Joint Oversight Committee on the Proper Implementation of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and the Joint Oversight Committee on the Official Development Assistance (ODA). (AI/MTVN)