Recto bares: P3M per cadet, PMA costs 6 times more than P500,000 spent for UP scholar

Senator Ralph Recto/photo from Manila Bulletin

Senator Ralph Recto said most people are probably unaware that the government spends six times more for every Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet compared to scholars of the University of the Philippines (UP).

“It is six times more expensive to produce one commissioned officer out of The Long Gray Line in Baguio than to produce one scientist out of the picket lines of Diliman,” Recto said in a statement, according to Politiko’s report

 “In fact, on a per student subsidy, they occupy the top tier in the country’s million-plus public college student population,” he added

According to Recto, the estimated cost of producing one PMA graduate is at P2.982 million versus the P507,000 spent by government to produce a UP graduate of a four-year course.    

“PMA cadets are ‘the people’s investments’, to whom the defense of the Republic will later be entrusted.” He said

“Bawat isa sa kanila ay mahalaga. If they will have to drop out, then it must be on their own steam, and not on a stretcher out of a hospital or morgue,” Recto added referring to the recent death of PMA cadet

Source: Politiko

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