Aug 2, 2017 @ 15:41

Two senators are optimistic that President Duterte will signal into legislation a measure in search of free tuition for state universities and schools (SUCs) regardless of issues by some financial managers the federal government supposedly can not afford it.

“This is a policy that everyone in the Senate supported, regardless of political party. Around 1.6 million students in SUCs and their families are expecting it. I am still hoping this will become law,” Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV stated in a press assertion.

Aquino, former chair of the Senate Committee on Education, pushed for the measure’s passage within the Senate as principal sponsor and co-author.

He beforehand stated that he anticipated President Duterte to have signed the measure in time for his State of the Nation Address (SONA) nevertheless it was not talked about in his speech.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, for his half, vowed to refile the measure if the President vetoes it.

“If the president vetoes the measure which I still hope he won’t, we will surely re-file a version purged of what the executive branch saw as the objectionable provisions,” Angara stated.

He conceded veto override, to be mustered by two-thirds of members in every home of Congress, will be troublesome.

“…What we can do is to immediately re-file the bill and request the Senate education committee chair to prioritize it,” he added.

The bill subsidizing the schooling of scholars in SUCs, native tertiary faculties and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-accredited establishments has already been authorised and ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives and is simply awaiting President Duterte’s signature.

It will lapse into legislation on August 5 until vetoed by the President.

If handed into legislation, college students will begin to get pleasure from free schooling beginning the second semester of faculty yr 2017 to 2018. Aside from tuition charges, the federal government will additionally shoulder miscellaneous and different charges.

Under the legislation, scholarship grants will even be made obtainable to college students of each private and non-private school and universities. It additionally offers a mortgage program, the place college students can apply for financing for different schooling bills. (PNA)