NO more budget cuts for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and government hospitals.
This was announced by House Committee on Appropriations chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles after the House of Representatives decided to restore the budget cuts made in the National Expenditure Program (NEP).
Nograles noted that the new administration is investing much in education and health in building a better future for the nation.
At the start of the budget deliberation the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reduced the maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) of some SUCs and government hospitals.
The DBM decided to cut the MOOE for SUCs and state hospitals on the assumption that these income-generating institutions can generate their own funds to supplement their budget.
Nograles said that his panel agreed to restore the budget cuts because these could have adverse effect on the country’s quality of education and the delivery of public health care.
“We are one in the belief that these SUCs and our government hospitals must be given utmost priority at all times. Quality education and quality health care are key public services that have a direct impact on our nation’s future,” Nograles said
Under the proposed NEP for 2017 submitted by the DBM, the MOOE of 65 hospitals run by the Department of Health (DoH) and 34 SUCs nationwide was cut in varying degrees from their original MOOE in 2016.
As a result, the panel increased the budget of the University of the Philippines-Manila by P85 million for the modernization of its laboratories for the College of Dentistry, the repair and rehabilitation of the College of Nursing building and the acquisition of generators for UP-Manila buildings.
In addition, Nograles said that a total of P233.741 million has been restored in the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) budget of the following SUCs: Philippine Normal University (P1.431 million); Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College (P2.229 million); Pangasinan State University (P2.56 million); Cagayan State University (P9.684 million); Nueva Vizcaya State University (P273, 000); Central Luzon State University (11.462 million); Tarlac College of Agriculture (P1.062 million); Cavite State University (P9.563 million); Laguna State Polytechnic College ( P6.176 million); Southern Luzon Polytechnic College (P2.733 million); University of Rizal System (P1.523 million); Camarines Norte State College (P1.958 million); and Sorsogon State College (P317,000).