Youth groups: President Aquino suffering from severe memory loss; needs to take “remedial classes”
Youth and student groups gave the thumbs down to the boasts of progress and change which Pres. Aquino presented in the State of the Nation Address, in a “remedial class” organized by different organizations and students from State Universities and Colleges today.
“The State of the Nation Address of Pres. Aquino is just a combination of word play, numbers trick and noynoying magic, to cover-up the true situation of the youth and the Filipino people,” said Kabataan Party-list Representative Raymond Palatino.
The youth solon also hit the presentation of President Aquino with regards to the concerns of State Universities and Colleges.
According to the youth solon, “the President is suffering from severe memory loss on the issues confronting the budget of State Universities and Colleges. For the past two years, they issued statements saying the SUC and education budgets have increased but when we scrutinized the figures, we see budget cuts and grossly insufficient funding.”
Allow us to remind him and mention the data that the President failed to report on his State of the Nation Address.
The government did not allott a single centavo for the capital outlay budget of all SUCs in the country. This means, SUCs have no state subsidy to construct much-needed infrastructure to meet the growing demands of their constituents. No new classrooms, no new equipment.
2 years of budget cut under Aquino
In Pres. Aquino’s budget message to congress last August 24, 2010, he admitted a budget cut for SUCs. To state:
“We allocated P23.4 billion to 112 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in 2011. This is 1.7 percent lower than the P23.8 billion budget for 2010. We are gradually reducing the subsidy to SUCs to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent..”
Furthermore, when we scrutinized the FY 2011 national budget, budget for 24 SUCs have been reduced. Moreover, Budget for Maintanance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) of 97 out of 112 SUCs have been reduced by a total of P1 Billion, with some universities suffering cuts of more than 50% of their MOOE budget.
For a second year in a row, President Aquino implemented another round of budget cut in SUCs.
For the FY 2012, the Aquino administration cut the subsidies of fifty (50) SUCs. Their combined decreases amount to as much as P573.96 million.
Fifty-eight (58) SUCs suffered cuts in personal services (PS), the budget for salary and benefits of employees, for a total cut of P403.32 million, and forty-five (45) SUCs will suffered cuts in maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) for a total reduction of P257.25 million.
In FY 2012, only the University of the Philippines has received a P190 Million budget for Capital Outlay because of Congressional Insertions.
Aquino worst investor in SUCs
While he is boasting to be the champion of students, Aquino remains to be the worst investor in SUCs among the post-People Power presidents of the Philippines. The present Aquino administration has provided the least percent share of the total budgetary requirement of SUCs. Data reveals that Pres. Noynoy Aquino shared only 67% share of state subsidy over total budgetary requirements. Pres. Cory Aquino shared 87 %, Pres. Ramos, Pres. Estrada, and Pres. Arroyo, shared 90%, 84%, and 68% respectively.
Ingrate to people power
Kabataan Party-list also slammed the remarks by President Aquino when he bashed the students and tagged them as “cutting classes” students that needs to take remedial classes.
“Pres. Noynoy Aquino should closely review the history and his party rhetoric when he used the SONA to insult the hundreds of thousands iskolars ng bayan who held nationwide strike against budget cuts. That is an outright arrogance and Pres. Aquino is an ingrate to the memory of People Power I & II when he made such pronouncements.
How dare him mention the Martial law years in his speech and use the memory of People Power to bolster his image while also demeaning and discrediting the protest of the students and SUCs.”###