SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
14 September 2021 07:57:35 PM
On its second hearing on the P52.6-billion proposed budget of the Commission on Higher Education for fiscal year 2022, the Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday terminated the briefing on the agency's allocation. In a hearing presided over by Vice Chairman and Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas II, CPA, CESO, LLB, the committee approved the motion of Senior Deputy Minority Leader Janette Garin to terminate the CHED budget biefing. Garin, who last week moved to defer consideration of the CHED proposed budget, said the Minority has no objection to the agency’s funding proposal. “After conferring with my colleagues in the Minority, we interpose no objection and instead move that we approve the proposed budget of the CHED. So moved Mr. Chair,” Garin said. Garin explained that she earlier moved to defer consideration of the CHED budget proposal with the premise that “we find it very much unfair that much of the (funds for) needed projects, especially scholarships, have remained unreleased.” “However, considering that the CHED is the primary institution that takes care of our education, our very weapon towards economic recovery in the face of this pandemic challenges, we also believe that the executive, especially the Department of Budget and Management, has realized that budget delay means injustice to our students and likewise an injustice to the CHED family who have been working 24/7, night and day, just so they can deliver quality education to our students,” Garin said. Meanwhile, Baguio City Rep. Mark Go and Matugas manifested their full support for the CHED budget proposal and the restoration of the CHED’s original budget proposal of P62.39-billion. The P9.6-billion budget cut would mean zero allocation for important CHED programs such as the implementation of the Doctor Para sa Bayan Act, Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, RA 11448 or Transnational Higher Education, Medical Scholarship and Return Service, Construction of the Proposed Higher Education Development Center, among others.