2016 national budget favors education, elderly

December 27, 2015 10:26 am 

By Sammy F. Martin

MANILA, Dec. 26 (PNA) — The chairman of the House committee on Appropriations has said that the General Appropriations Act of 2016 which will be effective Jan. 1 was heavily concentrated on education, both basic and higher.

The panel chairman and Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab said the Department of Education's (DepEd) budget was increased to Php422.468 million from the original budget of Php411.482 billion to final budget of Php411.905 billion.

Ungab said both houses agreed to slash some from other departments and realigned it to DepEd and SUCs,

He said DepEd’s budget increase includes: Php50 million for the preservation of Gabaldon school buildings which are considered National Heritage; funds for Special Education for persons with disability; Education and Sustainable Development and teachers training; the Philippine High School for the Arts additional allocation of Php25.64 million for capital outlay; for SUCS, additional amount for the University of the Philippines for the construction of buildings and gyms, and support to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

For the Philippine Normal University (PNU), an amount was provided for the modernization of PNU on the basis of Republic Act 9467.

All other SUCs would receive additional funding which will be used for academic buildings, equipment and the Tulong Dunong Program.

Likewise, all SUCs were provided increase in capital outlays.

Also, Ungab cited there were four substantial changes, restorations and augmentations in the 2016 national budget.

An increase of Php1.2 billion in the budget for indigent senior citizens; an increase in the budget of state universities and colleges (SUCs) by Php2.7 billion to cover their capital outlays; the veterans’ pension totaling Php4.7 billion was sustained; and provision of Php7 billion to fully fund the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) of 2015 for its first tranche of implementation next year. (PNA)

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