Free tu­ition in SUCs law soon

Panay News - - METRO -

MANILA – The pro­posal seek­ing free tu­ition in state uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges (SUCs) was a sig­na­ture away from be­com­ing a law, Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV dis­closed on Mon­day.

The mea­sure — t he “Uni­ver­sal Ac­cess to Qual­ity Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Act” — passed the bi­cam­eral process, which con­sol­i­dated the Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ ver­sions of the pro­posal.

Af­ter the fi­nal ver­sion was rat­i­fied by both Houses, it shall be sent to Mala­canang for the pres­i­dent’s ap­proval.

“We are happy to re­port some good news dur­ing these chal­leng­ing t i mes i n our coun­try,” said Aquino, who spon­sored and coau­thored the mea­sure in the Se­nate.

“This will make tu­ition and other fees in our SUCs free” and will “pro­vide bil­lions of schol­ar­ships and loans to stu­dents in pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the for­mer chair­man of t he Se­nate committee on ed­u­ca­tion, arts and cul­ture, he wanted to lead re­forms that will help Filipinos “reach their hopes and dreams.”

“Let’s give ev­ery Filipino ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion — from kinder to col­lege,” said Aquino. (

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