SUCs suffer from further budget cut
VOLUME 35 |
January 16, 2009
Admin offices to transfer in main lib
But UP enjoys rst increase in years
Twenty-one SUCs facea combined budget slashof P 323 million as Senateapproved the allocationof P 22.6 billion for thecountry’s 112 state collegesand universities (SUCs).
UP, the country’s premierestate university, however,gets a lion’s share with 30.09percent or P 6.8 billion of the total budget for all theSUCs. This translates to aP 362-million increase fromlast year’s budget. UP’s 2009budget allocation, which willbe divided among its sevenautonomous units, is alreadyequivalent to the combinedbudget of 47 SUCs in Luzon. The Polytechnic Universityof the Philippines, with astudent population of morethan 52,000 in six campuses,two branches and tenextension campuses, onlyreceived P 663.64 million.Derek Patrick Abando,Polytechnic University of thePhilippines Student councilor,said, “Kahit hindi naman
As part of a five-yeardevelopment plan thatstarted on October 2008,the UPLB Main Library isundergoing rehabilitationfrom damages brought about by typhoon Milenyo and isgiving way to the transfer of administration offices.
The Ofces of the Chancellor
and all the Vice-Chancellors
will be moved to the third oor
of the Main Library, which wasthen occupied by the Serials andArchives sections.
Effects of reconstruction
In an interview with
, ConcepcionSaul, the university librarian,said the transfer of theadministration offices isadvantageous to studentssince the administration couldeasily be aware of students’ concerns regarding their useof the library.Due to the reconstructionof the Main Library, thedesignated areas of somesections have changed. The Serials section isnow being transferred to thesecond floor where the Foodand Agriculture Organizationand World Bank Seriessections are also located. The Archives which is nowcalled the University SpecialCollection is located at theextension building adjacentthe Main Library. The ThesesCollection and ComputerServices sections were movedto the basement.“Para sa akin, magandana inaayos ang library, kayalang, medyo mahirap kasitulad ng may Eng 2, medyonanibago sa mga bagongtayo [location] ng mga librodito sa library,” said Oreliede las Alas, BS AgribusinessManagement ’08.“More books pa [sana]doon sa ibang field kasimedyo maraming sciencesdito kaysa sa literature,” sheadded.College libraries are alsobeing developed under theinitiative of their respectivecollege administrations. Booksfrom the Main Library arebeing decentralized and sentto their respective collegesaccording to subject matter.
Extended operation hours
Mary Mann Ingua, headof the Computer Servicessection, said part of thedevelopment plan is theextension of the operationhours at the ComputerServices section from 5 p.m.to 9:30 p.m to accommodatemore students.“[Nakatulong angcomputer services] dahil hindiko na kailangang lumabas [ngcampus] para mag-rent ngcomputer,” said Raejza, BACommunication Arts ’08.Saul also stressed a planfor a virtual library come2010. This enables studentsto see what references thelibrary has through accessingthe internet.
No need for library fee hike
After the implementationof the Tuition and other FeesIncrease (ToFI) in 2006, thelibrary fee was increased to P 200.Despite all the renovationsand developments of the MainLibrary, Saul clarified thatthere will be no increase inlibrary fee. The budget forthis project was taken fromthe library fees accumulatedfrom the students who wereenrolled last summer classesof 2008 and academic year2008-2009.Charisse BernadineBañez, University StudentCouncil Chairperson andmember of the Library Boardsaid the rehabilitation shouldhave been brought about evenbefore there was no ToFI.“Dahil tuluy-tuloy angpagbabawas ng budget sasektor ng edukasyon, kahit‘yung mga ganitong tipo ngpasilidad na dapat binibigyanng pamantasan at dapatbahagi ng kanyang budget aypinapasan pa ng mga Iskolarng Bayan.”
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universities ng Pilipinas,nangangailangan din silang mas mataas na budget,iskolar ng bayan din sila atmay karapatan para sa masmataas na budget.”Rayan Brozula, secretarygeneral of the National Unionof Students of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog blamed theArroyo government’s “neo-liberal policies and programsfor education” that resultedin budget cuts and tuitionincreases.“Kulang ‘yung nominal napagtaas ng education budgetpara matugunan ‘yung mgapangangailangan ng SUC’skaya sa estudyante nila ‘yunkinukuha sa pamamagitanng mas mataas na singil samatrikula at mga dagdag nabayarin,” Brozula said.He added that the SUCs’ meager budget will preventthem from accommodatingthe increasing number of students who transfer fromprivate colleges to SUC’s. Thishas been the trend in recent years and will continue to beas the country faces economicdownturn, he said.Commission onHigher Education (CHED)Chairperson Dr. EmmanuelAngeles III sees the cut inthe budget as a disadvantagefor educational institutions.In an article titled “CHEDnot worried over budget cutsfor 21 colleges” publishedin PhilStar.net last Dec.30, Angeles said any largecut made in SUCs’ budget will yield lower quality of education.Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in a message titled“Standing Firm in the Midstof Economic Challenges”delivered last September tothe members of the Houseof Representatives, said heradministration will prioritizeservices to uplift the lives of the poor this 2009.
Arroyo also said thatbudget allocation for debtservicing was reduced byaround 10.2 percent since2005, and that more resourcescan now be used for spendingon human and capitalresources.
This year’s nationalbudget increased to P 1.4trillion from P 1.227 trillion in2008. Debt servicing obtainedalmost half of this, with 48.16percent allocation.
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[P]ANANAW LITERARY FOLIO. MALAPIT NA.
In our 5th issue dated Dec.17, 2008, the last paragraphof Nikko Angelo Oribiana andRogene Gonzales’ article titled“Campaigns to get tougher,Calls to defend OSR intensifyas January comes” should
have reported the gure “4,000
students and 34 organizations”as the numbers reached bythe USC and CSCs’ throughroom-to-room campaigns,org discussion and dormhops, and not solely throughmanifesto signing. The features article writtenby Liberty Notarte titled“Liyab ng ‘Sandaang Sulo.Mga Danas ng Paglusong atPagsulong” has mistakenlystated Benjamin Reuel Marteas the College Secretary of the College of Economics andManagement. Dr. Marte is theCollege Secretary of College of Veterinary Medicine. To clarify arguments inour Under Scrutiny article“Ano ba talaga?” written byFaith Allyson Beunacosa, theprovision cited by Directorof Student Affairs SeverinoCuevas should have beenSection 3 of the 1984 UP Code,and not Article 2 of the RevisedUP Code of 2006.Our apologies.