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Source funds for free tertiary education from 3 underperforming agencies – Nograles
Funding for free tertiary education should be sourced from three underperforming government agencies, House Appropriations Chairman and Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles said Thursday.
Rep. Karlo Nograles
Nograles identified the Departments of Information and Communications (DICT), of Transportation (DOTr), and of Agrarian Reform (DAR) as the agencies he believes can absorb the budget cuts for the sake of the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10931, the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.”
He described the three government agencies as “low in absorptive capacity” and “sluggish in the enforcement of projects and programs.”
RA 10931 provides tuition-free education in 114 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), 16 Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) accredited by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and 122 Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Nograles said that at least P37.5 billion worth of funds could be sourced from these three departments and act as a “standby fund” once the free college education program is fully implemented.
He noted that during the budget briefing of the DICT, he found out that the agency has P2.7 billion of unused appropriations in 2016 and another P2.695 billion in unused appropriations in 2017.
“These funds will expire on December 31, 2017 and I doubt very much if DICT will be able to utilize these funds before the year ends,” the congressman said, adding that another P5 billion and P30 billion can be sourced from the respective budgets of DAR and the DOTr.
Edited by daphne loves derby, 11 August 2017 - 11:22 AM.