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QC gov’t should be using savings for education—Defensor

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Mayoral candidate and Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor said the Quezon City government should be spending more on the education of its residents.

While the city government is boasting its billion worth of savings, Defensor said it cannot be denied that it failed to give many of the important needs of Quezon City residents.

“Sa ibang lungsod ay ginagawa na ito: libreng schools supplies, gadgets, uniform at allowance bukod tangi na ang Quezon City na mayroong pinakamalaking pondo ang lungsod na hindi nagbibigay nito sa mga mag-aaral,” Defensor said.

Defensor also noted that the city government only provided tablets to less than a quarter of its 430,000 public school students.

Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) only 19.48% (494,623) of the Quezon City population were academic degree holders and 0.39% (10,517) have masters degrees.

Around 38.4% (1,026,264) of the 2.67 million population aged 5 and above were high school graduates and 15.46% or 413,215 individuals were able to reach or complete high school.

“Education is the only thing we can give them, the gift of inheritance that we can give them so they can change the current state or status of their welfare, maayos natin yun buhay nila, maayos natin yun kinabukasan nila. Kapag naiayos natin ang buhay nila ay siguradong maiaayos natin ang Quezon City,” Defensor pointed out.

The city government has around P3 billion budget for education annually.

In her State of the City Address (SOCA) Mayor Joy Belmonte said that the city government has P24.6 billion in savings, even bigger than its budget before 2019.

Belmonte also said that the local tax collected in 2022 reached P22 billion, the highest in the country and in the history of the city.

“Pero bakit hindi mabigyan ng allowance ang mga college students? Bakit kailangan pahiram ang tablet sa mga nag-aaral? Ito ang kailangan ngayon ng lungsod,” Defensor added.