A Statement of the University Council of the University of the Philippines Diliman
The UP Diliman University Council is alarmed over the reduction of state subsidy to the University of the Philippines (UP) and other state universities and colleges. The proposed budget for UP is way below what the University needs.
A low budget has a debilitating effect on UP’s capacity to fulfill its mandate as the national university. The underprivileged students’ access to quality tertiary education will be compromised. The sustained development of academic facilities and programs will also be hampered.
The new UP Charter declares that “the State shall promote, foster, nurture and protect the right of all citizens to accessible quality education. Toward this end, it is the policy of the State to strengthen the University of the Philippines as the national university.”
The UP budget is a measure of the government’s commitment to education and public service. It is necessary that UP is provided sufficient funding so that it can continue to achieve academic excellence. At the same time, it is imperative for the government to ensure the full release of UP budgetary allocations.
The government has the duty to support all the sectors of the educational system. We call for a budget reform that will commit funds to education not on an annual basis but on a long-term basis.
We therefore urge the Aquino administration to give the national university the support it needs and deserves, in the same way that it should give sufficient funding to the other state universities and colleges. We join the students and other sectors in calling for an increase in the UP budget.
U.P. Diliman University Council, 26 November 2010