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Php3.3 billion budget allocated to turn state universities and colleges into ‘smart campuses’

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The Philippine Congress is appropriating a budget worth Php3.3 billion in a bid to expedite the development of 112 state colleges and universities (SUCs) into having “smart campuses,” according to Luis Campos, Jr., Makati City representative, in a statement.

Through its successful advancement, the project is expected to transform the way education is transmitted within the campuses, highlighting the conveniences that come with doing transactions remotely, such as joining classes from the dormitory, seeing grades via phone, paying for meals, and borrowing of books from the library.

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The project coincides with the Bayanihan as One Act which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law last September 11.

On top of the Php 3 billion budget, Campos also claims that the National Expenditure Program for 2021 includes another Php 309 million that will be utilized for the creation of password-free internet networks in SUCs via the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

As per the Commission on Higher Education, only 20 percent of all existing SUCs are geared to do online classes.

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