President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the bill that will grant free tuition in state universities and colleges. It was announced by Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra in a press conference this Friday morning that the president signed the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017. He said that many people are waiting for Duterte’s action to approve the enrolled bill that was passed by the Congress last May.

The president earlier was advice to reject the law and the measure will eventually fail if he doesn’t act on it. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said that the government needs an estimated amount of Php 100 billion for the administration to make it work. Guevarra revealed that Duterte took his time to decide until the economic managers and some lawmakers convince him to pass the bill.

President Duterte Signs the Bill Granting Free Tuition
When asked where the government will get the budget for tuition fees in SUC’s, Guevarra replied that the Official Development Assistance is one of the possible sources of the fund. They are also expecting that the local and international sectors will also help for an effective implementation of the bill.

Poor Students now have the Opportunity to Finish their Studies

Following the great news, labor group Associated Labor Unions (ALU) applauded the efforts of Duterte and the lawmakers to lessen the burden of the parents who are unable to pay the tuition fees of their children. ALU spokesman Alan Tanjusay said that it is a great opportunity for the poor students who are force to stop their studies because of financial issues.

Read: President Duterte Signed the Republic Act 10929 or Free Internet in Public Places

Senator Benigno Aquino also expressed his happiness by saying that millions of Filipinos are the winners of the revolutionary education form.  Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan also welcomed the new law. For his part, it’s about time and looks forward for its full implementation.

Read: List of Universities Free Tuition in 2018

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