Lawmakers cross party lines vs SUC budget cuts-A A +A
Saturday, September 21, 2013
MORE than 20 congressmen from both the House majority and minority blocs signed a unity statement to stop the budget cuts in 79 out of 110 state universities and colleges (SUCs).
For 2014, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) allocated P34.7 billion for SUCs, more than P2 billion lower than the operating budget of SUCs at P37.1 billion.
"We, lawmakers, administrators and concerned members of various sectors express our strong appeal for a sufficient budget increase for the qualitative functioning of our nation’s SUCs," the statement said.
Kabataan party-list Representative Terry Ridon pointed out that the original request of SUCs amount to over P60 billion.
"Confronted with these issues, we call on members of Congress to not only restore the budget removed from 79 of our SUCs, but also consider additional funding for all of our state schools by tapping and rechanneling various lump-sum allocations in the proposed 2014 budget," the statement further read.
Ridon said the statement is being circulated in the House of Representatives to gather more signatures for the increase in SUC budget.
So far, Ridon and 23 other lawmakers signed the statement. They are Representatives Seth Jalosjos (Zamboanga del Norte), Carol Lopez (Yacap party-list), Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol), Antonio Tinio (ACT Teachers), Lito Atienza (Buhay party-list), Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Juan Revilla (OFW party-list), Juliette Uy (Misamis Oriental), Ana Cristina Go (Isabela), Maryam Arbison (Sulu), Jonathan dela Cruz (Abakada party-list), Ronaldo Zamora (San Juan City), and Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (Aurora).
Other signatories are Yeng Guiao (Pampanga), Bai Sandra Sema (Maguindanao), Noel Villanueva (Tarlac), Jose Christopher Belmonte (Quezon City), Edgar Erice (Caloocan City), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna party-list), Carlos Zarate (Kabataan party-list), Gavini Pancho (Bulacan, second district), and Joselito “Jonjon” Mendoza (Bulacan, third district). (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)