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Increased funding for tertiary education and technical-vocational education to benefit more Filipino students

MANILA — The Philippine government recognizes that tertiary education is an important component of human development. It shapes and equips individuals with high-level skills and knowledge that are crucial to national welfare. This is where many professional individuals are trained-professional individuals who possess the capacity to lead and support societies.
However, not every Filipino individual has access to free, quality university education. Many Filipinos are still unable to pay for a college education and many provinces still lack facilities and manpower for establishing their own universities. Thus, to respond to these pressing needs, the government will subsidize the college education of around 1.8 million deserving Filipino students using an allotted budget of P61.4 billion for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). This represents a 24 percent increase from 2016.
In addition, P8 billion from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is allocated for the Higher Education Support Fund. This supplementary amount will provide assistance to financially disadvantaged but academically able students enrolled in our SUCs (President's Veto Message, GAA 2017 Volume I-B, p. 659).
Many scholarship funds and students assistance programs will also be launched or continued in 2017 through the increased budget allocation of the government.
One program is the Expanded Students' Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) which is granted P2.4 billion. This will benefit 38,719 students. The ESGP-PA aims to reduce the country's poverty incidence by placing students from poor households into universities and colleges, afterwards, the graduates are employed in high value-added occupations, allowing them to earn and help their families rise from poverty.
The ESGP-PA is initiated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In total CHED will receive P19.6 billion for 2017, which is double of its 2016 allocation. Another one of its initiatives is the Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAP), which is given P6 billion this year. The StuFAP covers scholarship programs, grants-in-aid programs and student loan programs to finance the education of 463,000 beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, P3.6 billion will go to the K-12 Transition Program. This will fund the graduate studies of 8,726 scholars, the development grants of 1,883 faculty members and the institutional grants of 125 beneficiaries.
With increased resources provided for Tertiary Education, more Filipinos will enjoy quality college education. This will secure more knowledgeable and productive members of society, equipped with the skills to spur growth and innovation.
Technical-Vocational Education: Employment Training
Under technical-vocational education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has been given a budget of P6.8 billion. The Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) is granted P2.4 billion to benefit 322,000 enrolees and 289,800 graduates.
Meanwhile, the Special Training for Employment Program is appropriated P908 million for community-based specialty training.
This will assist 66,651 beneficiaries to find meaningful employment in various sectors such as agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics, visual arts, among other fields. (PNA)

Last Modified: 2021-Oct-18 21.17.24 UTC+0800