President Rodrigo Duterte signs free tuition fee for all SUCs

Good news to all students of State Colleges and Universities (SUC)

President Rodrigo Duterte finally signed the Free tuition for state universities and colleges (SUCs) bill which didn’t signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made the announcement on Friday during a press conference in Pasay City.

Despite of the warnings of his economic managers that the free tuition fee act cannot be afforded by the government, President Rodrigo Duterte insisted that it’s already time to give free college education to all SUCs student.

The measure would require the government to spend P100 billion, based on estimates by the Budget department.

But senators believed that free education to all state universities and colleges student is a good investment.

In a statement on Wednesday, Senator JV Ejercito said that he can’t imagine that the government can spend P70-B a year for Conditional Cash Transfer, but cannot afford to give P28-B a year for free education.

“If the government can spend P70 billion a year for Conditional Cash Transfer, which is a dole out, why can’t we spend P28 billion for higher education? I would rather invest for higher education since this is the best way out of poverty and not through dole outs,” Ejercito said.

Senators Gatchalian and Escudero also urged the government to support the bill.

Senator Bam Aquino, also extended his gratitude to President Duterte for signing the Free Education Law, saying that millions of Filipinos are the real winners with this revolutionary form.
“I wish to thank the President for signing the free college tuition into law. Congratulation to my fellow lawmakers and everyone who supported this policy,” said Sen. Bam, the principal sponsor and co-author of the law in the Senate. This was Sen. Bam’s 19th law in his four years as senator.

“Pagkatapos ng ilang dekada, batas na ang inaasam-asam ng napakaraming pamilyang Pilipino na libreng kolehiyo,” Sen. Bam added, “Estudyante, magulang at pamilyang Pilipino ang tunay na bida ng batas na ito.”

With this law, students will enjoy free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and vocational schools under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) starting the second semester of school year 2017-18.

Aside from tuition fees, the government will shoulder miscellaneous and all other mandatory fees.

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