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Some uncertainties over tuition-free SUCs

During the deliberations in Congress, the budget had been touted as a budget for infastructures, which would distinguish the new Duterte administration from previous ones. Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said it was possibly the biggest change in the budget – the P890.9-biliion funding for infrastructures, 41 percent more than in the previous 2016 budget. The huge budget would impact on unemployment and, therefore, on mass poverty.

The Duterte administration yesterday presented to the House of Representatives its first full year national budget of P3.35 trillion for 2017 that retained human resources and social development as top priorities.

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