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CHED assures free tuiition fees despite cuts in 2019 budget

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Despite steep cuts in almost half of all government agencies in the P3.7575-trillion national budget for next year, two government officials on Wednesday assured that the government would continue to provide free basic to college education.

During a media forum in Quezon City, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Officer-in-Charge Dr. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera III said the government will still be providing free education to indigents with the help of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

“Tinutulungan ng RA 10391 (TRAIN Law) ang students na kung nakatungtung na sa kolehiyo, dagdag na subsidy ang ibinibigay sa beneficiaries ng 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) poor students yung nasa listahan ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) P40,000 per year o P4,000 stipend per month (RA 10391 helps the students who have entered college; they are given additional subsidy to 4Ps beneficiaries who are on the list of DSWD in the amount of P40,000 a year or P4,000 stipend a month),” de Vera said.

De Vera added that in the 2019 proposed budget, P16 billion was allocated exclusively for tertiary education.

The CHED chief said there are 112 state universities and 350 campuses nationwide, noting that 900,000 students have benefitted the P8-billion free tertiary education. (PNA)