𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬. 𝐀𝐳𝐚𝐧𝐳𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝟗 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐛𝐛𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐒𝐔 𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐠𝐞𝐭; 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐠. 𝐋𝐞𝐨 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭Administration
CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza in his official travel to Manila met with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, the current Chair of Senate Committee on Higher Education to discuss academic concerns including university budget.
Dr. Azanza also had the chance to meet 9 members of the legislature during the Committee hearings/meeting of the 19th Congress, including Sen. Mark Villar, Sen. Bong Go, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Robin Padilla, Sen. Joel Villanueva, and Sen. Bato Dela Rosa. He also met with Sen. Francis Tolentino and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla whom the president requested additional classrooms and faculty research center from.
Dr. Azanza expressed his gratitude to Cong. Leo Rodriguez for his support to CatSU and fellow Catandunganons, and for personally accompanying him to the offices of Senator Francis Tolentino and Senator Bong Revilla.
In the quest for working on CatSU’s budget to abate the decline in the annual budget of CatSU, Dr. Azanza continues to work in lobbying for more budget allocation for the university.
It can be recalled that due to low absorptive capacity (the inability to spend the money given by the National Government) and other related reasons, CatSU’s capital outlay budget and the proposed budget for 2022 was placed in reduction. Dr. Azanza worked to ensure that the succeeding annual budget will be approved for the benefit of the whole university, thus the Php595.168M approved under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2022, inclusive of the 35M Infra project coming from Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.
For Year 2023, Dr. Azanza hopes to have a bigger budget for CatSU. Thus, his efforts to lobby for assistance from Congress and Senate. #CVecilles