Hataman: Basilan State U to get P234M in 2022


By Billy Begas

The Basilan State University will get P233.8 million in 2022, double the P117.2 million budget it received this year.

House Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman said the “phenomenal” increase will allow the conversion of Basilan State College (BASC) ito a state university.

“Mas madaming mag-aaral ang makikinabang, mas malaki ang oportunidad sa pag-unlad. Mahaba pa ang tatahakin, pero tuloy-tuloy na ito,” Hataman said.

The proposed 2022 budget for BASC in the Senate and the House of Representatives stood at P113.1 million. During the bicameral conference committee meeting it was increased to P233.8 million.

For 2019 and 2020, its budget is in the amounts of P105.6 million and P105.1 million, respectively.

This year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the measure converting BASC in the City of Isabela into a state university (Republic Act No. 115544).

“At sa loob din ng taong ito, naglaan tayo ng pondo na maaring magamit para sa conversion. Mahaba pa ang lalakbayin natin, pero pwede na tayong humakbang patungo doon,” Hataman added.

Hataman said there are still some requirement that needed to be fulfilled by BASC to become a full-fledged state university under the rules of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) including the upgrades of its facilities.

Once CHED approves its university status, Basilan State U can then offer more options for higher education. BASC currently offers several Bachelor of Science and Arts courses, post-graduate education, and non-diploma programs.

It has a Level I and II accreditation from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.