News in Pictures: Students protest budget cuts on education

Students protest the budget cuts on education. (Photo by Jose Santos)

MANILA — Members of progressive youth organizations held a protest against the budget cuts on education in front of the House of Representatives, Sept. 9.

In a statement, Anakbayan said a total of 82 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will suffer from cuts on Capital Outlay, or the funds used for upgrading of facilities and equipment.

Students denounce the budget for the National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict during a protest, Sept. 9. (Photo by Jose Santos)

Anakbayan lamented that the allocation for Personnel Services or the funds for salaries, compensation, and honoraria of teachers and other personnel will be slashed by P27.23-million while the Maintenance and Other Operational Expenses will be cut by P823.84 million. Another P295 million will be slashed from the Tertiary Education Subsidy.

Policemen disperse the protesters in front of the House of Representatives, Sept. 9. (Photo by Jose Santos)

“The education sector will suffer from huge budget cuts while the NTF-ELCAC [National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict] enjoys a big allocation, or P10 billion budget for silencing the people’s dissent. Both the offices of Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte will have bloated confidential and intelligence funds,” Anakbayan said in a statement in Filipino.

The Office of the President is proposing a P4.5 billion confidential, intelligence funds for 2023 while the Office of the Vice President is pushing for P500-million confidential funds.

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