The Mathematics of the alleged budget cut for education

“Students are demonstrating against a ghost”, according to Senate majority leader Sotto, when asked to comment about the students protesting against the “budget cut” for universities. Read the full news article [here].

The statements in that article are a tad confusing so I tried to write a Filipino news version of it, but didn’t reach success. It seems my news writing skill is already rusting.

Let’s just do the Math. Shall we?

2010 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) budget

  • P22.402B

P19.592BActual fund received by SUCs

→P2.81B — Congressional insertions subject to conditional veto

(Subject to the new identification by congress of new revenue measures. Meaning, aaprubahan lang kung may additional revenues. Hindi ito na-irelease para sa 2010 dahil walang karagdagang revenue.)

2011 SUC budget

  • P21.725B

Students’ protest is based on this equation:

P21.725B (for 2011) < P22.402B (for 2010)

While in fact, based on what Senator Drilon explained,

the equation should be like this:

P21.725B > P19.592B

Let us heed the advice of Inquirer’s puppet Guyito:

“Pag-aralan mabuti! Baka mali ang Math nyo!”

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(Some notes while reading the news about the alleged budget cut for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

 

 

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2 comments on “The Mathematics of the alleged budget cut for education

  1. budget cat says:

    Salient Points: Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano’s statements against the Budget Cut on SUCs and a response to Drilon’s statement that there were ‘No actual cuts for State U’

    Himayin natin yung issue.

    Una, ang congressional insertion ay inilaan sa capital outlay at additional scholarship. Pero yung MOOE na P1.1-B ay hindi congressional initiative kaya nga maintenance and operation expenditure ito. That means totoo ang slash sa SUC budget.

    Pangalawa, ang UP, 1.39 billion pesos ang matatanggal sa budget nila. Tunay na slash ito.

    Pangatlo, ang policy mismo doon sa ‘budget message’ ng pangulo ay malinaw. Ang nakalagay sa budget message, dapat maging ‘self-sufficient’ ang mga SUCs. Ibig sabihin ng ‘being self-sufficient’ in simple terms ay “Problema mo pondo mo”. Either itataas ng SUCs ang tuition fees nila o yung mga lupain na pagmamay-ari ng mga ito ay gagamitin para kumita kaysa gamitin para sa edukasyon.

    Pang-apat, ang congressional initiative ay hindi masama. Masama bang magdagdag sa edukasyon? Masama bang dagdagan ang paggawa ng building? Kung mayroon ngang pork barrel sa kung anu-ano, bakit ikakasasama ang congressional initiative pagdating sa building for state universities and additional scholars? So rather than just saying it is a congressional initiative, the real question is, is it a good initiative or not? and definitely the bottomline is, totoong mababawasan pa rin ang budget sa SUCs, dahil kahit tanggalin man ang congressional initiative, P1.1-B parin ang matatanggal sa MOOE.

    Sa lahat ng mga state universities, sa RTU lang ang mayroong additional P20 million para sa capital outlay. All the rest hindi binigyan ng capital outlay.

    Ang ibig sabihin nito sa mga estudyante, “mabulok mga building niyo, auditorium, gyms, theaters , o laboratory, bahala kayo sa buhay niyo!”. I don’t think that that should be the attitude of the government towards students so I think the president is still getting the wrong information regarding this.

    I am encouraging students to let their voices be heard. Ako ay naniniwala na ang mga estudyante ay dapat pakinggan din at sila’y namumulat sa mga issue tulad nito.

    Napakalaki ng unprogrammed fund. I think almost P60 billion. Ano ba naman ang P1.1-B ay idagdag mo sa MOOE ng SUCs. What’s the use in giving, let’s say P21 Billion for CCT, kung ang mga nag-aaral na (ay hindi naman bibigyan ng tamang pansin).

    By the way, 40% of all our college students go to state universities and colleges. so hindi lang ito 10% o 5%. 4 out of 10 na nasa kolehiyo ay sa state colleges and universities nag-aaral. Itong 40% na ito na karaniwang mahihirap ay ang magsa-suffer sa budget cuts.

    Sa pagbawas ng MOOE ng SUCs, nangangamba ako na baka pati test papers, kailangan ng bayaran ng estudyante. Doon kasi napupunta ang MOOE maliban pa sa pagbili ng mga teaching supplies tulad ng chalk at blackboard.All of these including electricity and other maintenance fees are part of MOOE.

    On the alleged increases in SUC budget, this increase is only for the personal services because of the salary standardization law. Admittedly maganda naman ito para sa bansa lalo na ang dagdag tulong para sa DepEd pero sa CHED at sa mga state universities, binawasan talaga.

    Dalawa lang iyan, either mabulok ang mga gusali at sumama ang kalidad ng edukasyon, o di kaya’t itataas ang tuition fees.

    Ang masama dito, from 100 students in the Philippines, only 23 go to college, only 17 graduate. Mababa pa ito unless buhusan natin ng pondo at ng pansin ang mga state universities natin.

    For many of our students, it’s state universities or nowhere. Wala naman silang choice dahil sa kahirapan. Kung may choice naman sila at may pera din sila ay pupunta sila sa malalaking university.

    Most of these state universities do really have good programs at maganda ang quality of education pero kung itataas nila yung tuition, ay hindi ito kakayanin ng karamihan ng mga estudyante

    Yung 600million for scholarship at saka yung ibang capital outlay ay congressional insertions. Ibig sabihin, ang mga ito ay amendments mula sa congressmen at senadors kaya nai-release noong 2010 kung kaya’t okay lang na tanggalin ang mga ito sa budget ngayon.

    Hindi totoo na lahat ng binawas ay congressional insertion dahil ang P1.1-billion para dapat sa MOOE at yung ibang para sa capital outlay ay tinanggal din talaga.

    I hope that we can still bring in at least the P1.1-billion for MOOE and at least an additional P500-Million for capital outlay. Unfortunately, we have 112 state universities so from this P500 million that I’m saying, almost P5 million each bawat state U (ang mabibigay) na magagamit lang pang-pintura at pang-ayos ng mga tumutulong building ng school so kulang talaga.

    -end-

    List of budget cuts:

    http://kabataanpartylist.com/blog/list-of-state-colleges-and-universities-with-cuts-in-mooe/

  2. mondy says:

    panu magagawa ng govt na to na bawasan ang budget ng educ samantalang ang dswd ay dinagdagan. fyi, ang dswd lalo na ang 4Ps ay nagpapakasasa now sa matataas na sweldo at laptop… imagine for a entry level na employee.. may sweldo na 22k na now eh dahil tumaas na eh naging 25k.. hmp…

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