Drilon: No cuts in SUCs budget-A A +A
Thursday, November 25, 2010
MANILA -- Senator Franklin Drilon defended the proposed national budget on Thursday saying the budgets of state universities and colleges were not slashed.
He explained that the National Expenditure Program (NEP) or the budget proposed by the President does not include around P2.8 billion in congressional insertions made to the 2010 General Appropriations Act.
Because congressional insertions are not regular items, they were not included in the NEP for 2011.
“These congressional insertions, rightfully, should not be repeated in the 2011 budget,” Drilon explained.
He said “certainly there is no substantial reduction” from the 2010 NEP and the one submitted to Congress this year.
On the 2010 NEP, SUCs were given a total budget of P19.6 billion. They will be getting a total of 21.7 billion under the proposed budget for 2011.
The discrepancy in budgets is in the amount of congressional insertions, a source in the Senate told Sun.Star.
Around 2.8 billion in insertions were in the 2010 General Appropriations Act, but there have only been P293 million in insertions to the 2011 budget bill so far. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)