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Duterte wants lower budget for UP System in 2020

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By Prince Golez

Despite getting the largest share of funds among the country’s 114 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020, the University of the Philippines (UP) System will only receive P15.4 billion, which is P1.6 billion lower than its 2019 budget.

The said budget is also smaller than the P16.1 billion in 2018. In the preceding year, the UP System received an appropriation of P13.09 billion.

UP is composed of eight constituent universities and one autonomous college located in 17 campuses across the nation.

The country’s premier state university, UP placed 95th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings for 2019. The regional ranking of universities was based on indicators in five main categories, namely teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.

The institution also ranked 501-600 in the 2019 THE World University Rankings, up from 601-800 in the previous year.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education will be getting P673 billion, the largest budget share in all departments and agencies, for the next fiscal year.

Of its proposed budget, the funding of SUCs stands at P68.5 billion while the Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority are to be allotted P40.8 billion and P12 billion, respectively.

“Prioritizing access to quality education remains a relevant strategy to reduce inequality, enhance capabilities, and develop competencies,” said President Rodrigo Duterte said in his budget message.

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