The 2020 budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will go down by P11.65 billion as the free college tuition law was implemented two years ago. Thus, the universal access and financial assistance program will be getting the biggest deductions. 

The next year budget will be P40.784 billion, which is a 22.22% lower than its P52.435 billion budget this year. 

CHED chairman Prospero de Vera stated the budget cut in their agency during a conference yesterday, a day before the plenary deliberations regarding the proposed P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020. 

It will be a P7.1 billion deduction to commission’s universal access to quality tertiary education and P3.655 billion to student financial assistance programs. 

CHED 2020 deductions

The National Expenditure Program of the Department of Budget and Management, which was adopted by the House in its General Appropriations Bill, the universal access program of CHED will go down by P35.36 billion next year from its P42.49 billion this year by virtue of Republic Act 10931 — a decrease by 16.78%. 

On the other hand, the student financial program will get P516.9 million next year from its current budget of P4.172 billion, which is an 87.6% decrease. 

At the same time, the budget of CHED for the K-12 transition program next year will be P2.494 billion, which is a decrease by P682 million from its current budget of P3.176 billion. 

Also, the subsidy of P167 million for medical students in the universities and colleges will be affected as the budget for this will be totally removed next year. 

It is the same case scenario with the Department of Education (DepEd), wherein the latter agency also got a budget cut next year from the DBM. DepEd will only be given P550.89 billion, even though it asked for P803.13 billion for next year. 

DBM also removed the budget for its scholarship program, Tulong Dunong, wherein a student receives P12,000 financial assistance per year.  

Around 350,000 students nationwide will be affected by this move. 

The P3 billion budget for the Tulong Dunong last December 2018 was also realigned to the implementation of free tuition programs, and because of the alleged anomalies done by district representatives, who appointed the beneficiaries. 

Senator Panfilo Lacson said some lawmakers were creating false applications to get education grants.


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