Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Prospero “Popoy” de Vera defended the CHED project, “Smart Campus” as Senator Pia Cayetano lashed out her sentiments over the delayed project.
On a virtual senate hearing of the proposed 2022 budget of the state universities and colleges, and CHED, Cayetano was dismayed over the slow movement of the CHED’s programs, calling out the unused budget.
“The SUCs are unable to use the budget for Smart Campuses under Bayanihan 2. In a briefing, Chair Popoy explained to me that they had to go through the process of determining, but you know what? At the end of the day, what good is all that process if hindi na nila magagamit,” Cayetano stated in her opening remarks.
De Vera defended the CHED saying that it’s not easy to produce guidelines, and there have been different interpretations of the Bayanihan 2 in the different Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regional offices.
“It is not because we are delaying the Smart Campus project, it is because of the difference in interpretation of the provision of the Bayanihan Law,” De Vera said.
Meanwhile, CHED Chair assures that they will give the same good quality of performance as they did last year.
He proudly showed the DBM Usec. Tina Rose Marie L. Canda’s statement in the letter to CHED, “The accomplishment of CHED proved its flexibility and capacity to deliver beyond its commitments, which is much needed in this pandemic.”
Article by: Amiel Jansen Demetrial