"WE MUST see state universities not as burdens upon the public coffers but rather as investments in the nation’s future. While the Aquino administration has increased the overall budget allocation for education to 3 percent of GDP, higher than that of the Arroyo administration, state universities and colleges will suffer draconian cuts in their budget—for the University of the Philippines alone, a cut of some P1.39 billion or 20 percent of its budget. There is still time to rectify and revise this, and I address this plea to the Senate and eventually the bicameral conference of the two houses of Congress. We should also find ways, if at all possible, to make poor but deserving students qualify for the Conditional Cash Transfer Program, or parallel programs that can empower poor students to take charge of their lives."
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A plea for public funding for SUCs - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos