UP alumnus calls for inclusion of fire prevention in 2019 budget of the State U

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

It takes a grateful alumnus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman to bat for improvements in the State University’s budget, by seeking the inclusion of fire prevention in the budget proposal of UP for 2019.

 

Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr., 1-Ang Edukasyon partylist and assistant majority leader, made this proposal after the fire that gutted the decades-old shopping center recently.

 

He cited seven blazes that destroyed the antique edifices in the State U. since 2008 namely: a) Narra Residence Hall (January 9, 2008); b) AS Pavilion II (Chem Pav) (June 9, 2010); c) CASAA Food Hall (June 13, 2015); d) Alumni Center (June 30, 2015); e) Faculty Center (Rizal Hall) (April 1, 2016); f) Quezon Hall (August 16, 2016) and g) Shopping Center (March 8, 2018).

 

Noting that the budget preparation process for the 2019 national budget is underway at the Department of Budget and Management, the Commission on Higher Education and UP and considering the fire that engulfed the shopping center in the UP Diliman campus, he asked the three agencies to include funds for fire prevention, renovation, and restoration of the ageing buildings of UP Diliman.

 

Clearly, the campus buildings there need urgent measures, he said as he also asked the UP leadership to make sure all the on-campus residence halls and dormitories have adequate fire prevention and response measures.

 

For the restoration of buildings, a multi-year budget can be prepared and submitted to Congress.

 

It goes without saying, he said, that as UP Alumnus he will support these budget allocations and will urge my colleagues in the House to also give their support at committee and plenary.

 

Belaro finished his B.A. Political Science (cum laude) at UP Diliman from 1985-1989 and earned his Bachelor of Laws from UP from 1990-1995.

 

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