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Governor insists UPR will receive the financial support it needs


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi gave assurances on Thursday that the University of Puerto Rico will have the financial support it needs going forward.

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Thursday that the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) will have the financial support it needs in the future.


He made his remarks after UPR Interim President Mayra Olavarría Cruz said the $500 million fixed budget allocation the university will receive over the next five years, which was contained in the bill enabling the central government’s debt adjustment plan, was not enough. The legislation has not completed the legislative process.


“This bill, based on the information that comes to me, apparently includes a provision for at least $500 million a year to be assigned to the UPR in the next five years,” the governor said at a press conference. “The context is that during that same period of time if we merely applied the Fiscal Plan, the UPR would receive less. So, I am not passing judgment on whether $500 million is the indicated amount; really, that would have to be carefully evaluated.”


“But UPR can count on the support of my administration to ensure that the academic offer is expanded and not reduced,” Pierluisi added. “That I am going to be ensuring that venues [campuses] are not closed, particularly the one in Utuado. So they can count on me.”


“That the measure says that [UPR] will receive a minimum of $500 million does not mean that that is the only thing it will receive,” the governor said.