This year, our newly elected dear President made it to a point that education will be light. For students, light that it won’t be stressful; for parents on the other hand, light on the pocket. President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. This law states that tuition fees in some state universities and colleges be free of charge. This free tuition fee law will ultimately help a lot of people, don’t you think?
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Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevearra made the announcement on Friday, 4th of August during a press conference 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 said.
The Congress passed the bill in May. Furthermore, the bill was transmitted to the Office of the President on the 5th of July for the president’s signature.
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Tuesday that would the budget requirements of the bill would set back the government by a significant amount. “We estimate that it will cost us something like P100 billion. The government cannot afford that,” he said.
“If there’s a will – as we say – if there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Guevarra when they were asked where they will get the funds for this.
News 5 released a list of schools that are subject to this change:
- City of Malabon University
- Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Technology
- Marikina Polytechnic College
- Navotas Polytechnic College
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela
- Philippine Normal University
- Philippine Public Safety College
- Philippine State College of Aeronautics
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- Quezon City Polytechnic University
- Taguig City University
- Technological University of the Philippines
- Universidad de Manila
- Universidad of Caloocan City
- University of Makati
- University of the Philippines
- Valenzuela City Polytechnic College
Take note that this list is not final. This list is just the foreseen list of schools that are subject to the new law. Some of them may be there, some of them may not. Some might be added.
Secretary Diokno confirmed that this law will take effect next year.