Palace exec says SUCs continue to receive annual budget increases (Philippines News Agency)

Malacanang on Thursday maintained that the Aquino administration has put priority on state colleges and universities (SUCs) as shown by the increases in their budget in the last five years.

In a briefing, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said allocation for SUCs this year amounted to Php43.3 billion, up by about 81.9 percent from the Php23.8 billion in 2010.

He cited in particular that budget of the University of the Philippines (UP), which recently faced scarcity in dormitory rooms, rose by 90 percent to Php13.1 billion from the Php6.9 billion in 2010.

He said the UP administration has said that it has addressed the lack of dormitory rooms and assured that they would ensure availability of facilities for UP students this school year.

He also cited that UP Diliman Chancellor Michael has attributed the problem of lack of dormitory rooms to rise in the availments among freshmen students, which rose by 900.

Relatively, Coloma said budget of SUCs are increased based on general needs and roadmap to excellence of the institutions.

He also said that SUCs have other sources of funds based on their own initiatives.

“Pero sa pangkalahatan, malinaw na naitaas ng Aquino administration ‘yung pondo para sa state universities and colleges as a whole at para sa University of the Philippines, in particular,” he added. (PNA)