Senator Sonny Angara has pushed for the instant passage of Senate Bill 134 which grants poor authorities students “5% discount” on meals, medicine, and faculty charges.
If handed into legislation, Angara stated SB 134, which he filed as early as November 2016, will “complement” Republic Act 10931 or the free school tuition legislation.
“Kumbaga, kung kaya nating ibigay ang ating kanang kamay para tumulong, isuporta na rin natin ang ating kaliwa para lubos na makaayuda sa ating mga less privileged students,” stated Angara in his Bulgar column, “Agarang Solusyon.”
“Considering that we now have a law giving discounts to senior citizens, it is high time that we consider the plight of our underprivileged students who are our nation’s future,” he stated.
Angara additionally stated, “Not all deserving and underprivileged students who had been capable of get scholarships, grants, or loans get to complete their training
SB 134 duties the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to find out the certified school and tech-voc (technical-vocational) beneficiaries.
It additionally gives tax incentives to institutions that can grant discounts to poor students whereas those that will refuse can be penalized with a most of Four-week suspension of their license to function and can be fined P20,000 to P50,000.
“If passed into law, this Senate bill will definitely encourage students from financially struggling families to pursue their dreams by finishing their college education or their vocational trainings,” Angara added.