Budget Secretary, Amenah “Mina” Pangandaman

MANILA, Philippines – Budget Secretary Amenah “Mina” Pangandaman approved the creation of 673 additional permanent faculty positions across the nine campuses of Mindanao State University (MSU), marking a historic development for MSU.

The university has seen exponential growth in student enrollment and expansion of academic programs for more than three decades without receiving funding for new staff.

“I believe this innovative initiative will significantly increase the productivity and effectiveness of the education sector, providing immense benefits to the Mindanao State University community,” Pangandaman said.

“Educational opportunities offer all Filipinos the opportunity for a better life. It also allows us to achieve true prosperity. This is why the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. believes it is critical to prioritize and invest in the education sector,” he added.

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Approved teaching positions were determined and funded based on the recommended teacher-student ratio, with a total budget of P334.24 million. Initial funding requirements for these new positions will be charged to the Personnel Services (PS) allotment available at each MSU campus.

The campuses located in General Santos City, Sulu and Marawi are prepared to accommodate the majority of positions, with 150, 120 and 108 approved positions respectively on each campus.

Pangandaman further emphasized that additional funds may be requested by MSU if existing funds are insufficient. These funds must be taken from the Personnel Miscellaneous Benefits Fund. To expedite this, the University is required to submit complete and accurate documentation in accordance with the Department of Budget and Management's Citizen Charter.

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