Baguio City Representative Mark Go called on his colleagues in Congress to restore the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) budget as originally provided in the 2019 General Appropriations Act.
The Baguio politiko said that cutting P11 billion from CHED’s budget will affect the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
“CHED’s budget cut would severely hamper the implementation of RA 10931 that grants free tuition to state universities and colleges and technical-vocation institutions nationwide,” Go said.
He said recently asked Davao City 3rd District Representative Isidro Ungab, the Committee on Appropriations chairperson, to restore P7.15 billion for the implementation of the law.
Go also asked for the restoration of P3.6 billion for fund assistance, scholarships, and stipends for the Student Financial Assistance Program (STUFAP).
“It would direly affect the subsidy needed to support qualified student beneficiaries around the country,” he explained.