After President Rodrigo Duterte signed into legislation a measure offering free tuition in state schools and universities for 2018, the subsequent step is to find the wanted funds – and Sen. Panfilo Lacson is bound he and his fellow lawmakers can do the job.
Lacson additionally stated Duterte’s signing of the measure exhibits “where (his) heart really is,” as he “went against the advice of his economic managers.”
“For one, I know there’s money in the national budget to fund the free tuition law. As what the Senate had collectively accomplished under the 2017 GAA, we managed to realign P8.3 billion from the pork allocations of congressmen to SUCs through the Commission on Higher Education,” Lacson stated in a press release.
In late 2016, Lacson found and moved to take out “pork-like” insertions made by the House of Representatives for the then proposed 2017 national budget.
The Senate finally realigned P8.three billion of the “pork” to cowl tuition of scholars in state schools and universities.
“That is how we intend to do it again under the proposed 2018 budget,” Lacson stated.
“God bless the Philippines and its deserving students who can’t afford higher education,” he added.
On Thursday night, Lacson had hinted pork might once more present the wanted funds for free tuition in 2018, including he’ll scour the proposed budget for traces of pork.
“No free tuition provision under the 2018 national budget? Will have to scour the pig pen again and cut the ‘pork’ to fund it,” he stated in a tweet
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