President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a invoice granting free tuition to college students in state universities and faculties (SUCs), Malacañang introduced Friday (August four).
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra made the announcement at a press briefing on the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
“Since many people have been waiting for the president’s action for the very important enrolled bill that was passed by congress last May entitled Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, I am pleased to announce that last night, August 3, 2017, the President signed the enrolled bill,” Guevarra mentioned.
Duterte’s economic managers earlier suggested him towards signing the invoice, saying the federal government can’t afford to fund it.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno claimed the federal government should shell out P100 billion yearly to grant free tuition in SUCs.
Despite the price of implementing the law, Guevarra mentioned the President believed that the long-term results of training are extra vital.
“So he weighed everything and came to the conclusion that the long-term benefits that will be derived form a well-developed tertiary education on the part of the citizenry will definitely outweigh any short-term budgetary challenges,” he mentioned.
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