Duterte vetoes bill granting PUP a status of nat'l polytechnic university

Duterte vetoes bill granting PUP a status of nat'l polytechnic university

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines seems to be always in the news these days.
Aside from being identified as one of the hot beds for recruitment of future members of the New People’s Army (NPA) among its students according to the intel reports of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Another major news came out of such government runned school, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte just vetoed bill which would have changed the status of PUP from its present Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) a status of a national polytechnic university.
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The bill approved by Congress seeks to grant fiscal and institutional autonomy to PUP.
"While I recognize the noble objective to promote, foster, nurture, and protect the right of all citizens to accessible quality education, I have serious reservations on the suitability of the means chosen to attain this end," President Duterte in his message to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
The Chief Executive emphasizes the need to reassess the proposal in light of its current performance ranking among other state universities and colleges (SUCs).

"The comparative performance of its satellite campuses and extension programs need to be similarly evaluated before granting the PUP system as a whole such privileged status," he said.
The President also took note that the proposed law departs from the adopted policy of granting only institutional autonomy to SUCs.
"The proposed provision on appropriations would also have a significant fiscal impact on the government, which may be avoided only if the PUP budget would continue to be subject to the need for prioritization and the usual budgetary and monetary processes," he said.

Founded in 1904, PUP prior to enactment of the free tertiary education law, PUP was one of the state universities that offered low tuition fees at around PHP12 per unit.
In 2016, a survey conducted by JobStreet Philippines found that PUP is the top school of choice of many companies in the country when hiring fresh graduates.

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