Senator Bam Aquino on Friday stated the Senate has assured funding for the 2018 national finances if President Duterte enacts the free college education invoice ratified by Congress earlier than it went sine die final June 2.
“Unless President vetoes it, the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act it will automatically lapse into law on Aug. 5,” the senator, one of many sponsors of the stated measure within the higher chamber stated.
“It’s true that no funding similar to the P8 billion earmarked in the 2017 budget exists in the 2018 budget for free college education (program),” Aquino, echoing the claims of ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio on the matter.
At least P8.three billion has been allotted for the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) within the 2017 national finances to make free the tutoring and different college charges in state universities and faculties (SUCs) and native universities and faculties (LUCs).
But the stated allocation has been stricken off within the coming 12 months’s finances as CHED’s finances was slashed by P6.29 billion.
Even earlier than the President’s submission of the national expenditure program (NEP) to Congress, Aquino famous Duterte’s failure to say the free tuiton payment in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) final Monday.
Aquino stated he was nonetheless hoping that the President would signal the invoice quickly.