Despite the increase, however, Dr. Lauro Tacbas, the UNP president, said its tuition remains among the lowest in the region.
With the approval, the UNP
, whose main campus is located in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, now charges P75 a unit from the original P50 a unit. Tacbas
justified the increase, saying this would help the university finance its maintenance and operating expenses (MOE).He
lamented that government support for the UNP
has steadily been dwindling since 2000.
Tacdas also said he
did not decide on the increase but the officials and members of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
(Pasuc) in the Ilocos.
"Since the year 2000, the government has detached its support in the of all the universities and colleges in [Ilocos]," he
said."That's why, we agreed that we should increase the tuition to meet the MOE of every school."
"After all, it is for the welfare of the students because by doing that, we were able to buy computers and other facilities necessary for their learning", Tacbas
explained, that in the Ilocos, the UNP
continues to charge the lowest tuition, saying the others had increased it to P100 a unit.
is still the lowest charging school in [Ilocos] and we were the last to implement the increase since we had approved it," Tacdas said.
"Moreover, the increase affected only the first year students, not those in the higher grades," he