Statement on the Proposed UP Budget Cut
Dr. Miguela M. Mena, Dean – UP Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT)
(Statement disseminated on November 25, 2010)
I strongly oppose the cut made on the UP budget proposed by the Aquino administration in the 2011 General Appropriations Act (GAA). Recognizing that the productivity of a nation is highly dependent on the investments made on the health and education of the people, the proposed UP budget certainly will not translate to higher level of productivity thus affecting country’s economic development in general. The quality of the teaching, research and extension services in the University had been extremely affected by the limited resources provided by the national government.
In this light, I strongly urge the Faculty, Staff and Students of the Asian Institute of Tourism to support and actively participate in the various multi-sectoral efforts of the UP Diliman community to provide greater subsidy to higher education and increase the budget of UP.
Dr. Miguela M. Mena