- Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed last week a measure which seeks to create the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) a national polytechnic university.
- Duterte sent his veto message to both chambers of Congress last Wednesday.
- The President called for a reassessment of the university’s status and noted that the proposed provision would create a fiscal impact n the government for now.
President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill which seeks to grant the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) its “national polytechnic university” status.
Duterte returned to Congress last Wednesday the consolidated Senate Bill 2124 and House Bill 9023 or “The Charter of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.”
“While I recognize the noble objective of the measure 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, namely granting the Polytechnic University of the Philippines the status of a national polytechnic university, with all the benefits and privileges such status entails,” Duterte said in his letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
The President said the PUP was just one of the many state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines, “despite its stature on our education sector,” and addressed that its designation as a national polytechnic university should be reassessed.
“The comparative performance of its satellite campuses and extension programs needs to be similarly evaluated before granting the PUP system as a whole such a privileged status,” he added, referring to the university’s 20 other branches.
Duterte said the bill provided granting fiscal autonomy to PUP, “which departs from the adopted policy of granting only institutional autonomy to SUCs.”
The President also said in his veto message that having the bill enacted into a law would have a significant fiscal impact on the government.
A 2016 study previously showed that graduates of the PUP were the top choice of employers in the Philippines because they tend to be “very hardworking, often going the extra mile in their job.”
Founded in 1904, the PUP is considered as the Philippines’ largest state university with a population of over 70,000 students.
Source: The Manila Times