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Lawmaker urges CHED to prioritize funds for scholarships

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Deputy Majority Leader Janette Garin on Thursday urged the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to prioritize giving scholarships to students instead of using funds for non-essential expenditures.

Garin urged CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III to provide the needs of the students, stressing that more funds must be allocated for the scholarship program.

“There’s a big difference between wants and needs. Maybe eto ‘yung checklist niyo pero mas kailangan siguro ng ating mga kabataan ngayon na mabayaran [ang tuition fees],” the House committee vice chairperson said.

Garin further said that CHED may collaborate with other agencies on programs such as the Integration of Natural Green and Renewable Energy toward sustainable schools, citing that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Energy (DOE) have the same projects.

In 2023, CHED proposed a total expenditure program of P30.7 billion, with P29.3 billion or 98.5 percent designated for funding scholarships through the Higher Education Development Program (HEDP).

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For 2024, the agency’s proposed budget increased to P31 billion; however, there was a slight decrease in the allocation for HEDP, which now stands at P29 billion.

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