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Friday, 15 December 2023

DBM approves budget for 673 faculty positions across 9 MSU campuses

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Mina F. Pangandaman approved the creation of additional 673 permanent faculty positions across the nine campuses of the Mindanao State University (MSU), marking a historical occurrence for the university.

The university has seen an exponential growth in student enrollments and expansion of academic programs for over three decades without receiving funding for new personnel.

"I believe that this groundbreaking initiative will significantly boost the education sector’s productivity and effectiveness, delivering immense benefits to the Mindanao State University community," Sec. Pangandaman said.

"Educational opportunities offer every Filipino a chance at a better life. It also enables us to attain real prosperity. This is why the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. believes it is paramount to prioritize and invest in the education sector," she added.

The approved faculty positions were determined and funded based on the recommended faculty-student ratio, with a total budget of P334.24 million. The initial funding requirements for these new positions will be charged against the personnel services (PS) allotment available of each MSU campus.

Campuses located in General Santos City, Sulu, and Marawi City are set to accommodate most of the positions with 150, 120, and 108 approved positions respectively in each campus.

The budget secretary further emphasized that additional funds can be requested by the University if existing funds fall short. These funds should be drawn from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund. To expedite this, the university is required to submit complete and accurate documentation in line with the DBM's Citizen Charter. (DBM/PIA-Caraga)