"We are gradually reducing the subsidy to [State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)] to push them toward becoming self-sufficient and financially independent, given their ability to raise their [own] income," Aquino added.
Aquino said the executive branch only lowered the budget for SUCs like UP because the country's premier state university has other sources of funds, such as tuition hikes and tie-ups with private corporations such as the UP-Ayala Technohub.
Consider how much the other major ASEAN countries spend on public education as a percentage of total government expenditure (ranking in parentheses)...
Malaysia 28.0% (4)
Thailand 27.5% (6)
Singapore 18.2% (44)
Philippines, 17.2% (53)
How much lower in the scheme of our regional performance standards do we want to go? Then again, even in this one, the Philippines remains consistent with its national talent -- being the best at being last.