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Lapid wants poor grads exempted from paying fees for gov’t exams

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Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill seeking to exempt indigent college graduates from paying fees for government-administered professional examinations.

Under Senate Bill No. 276 or the proposed Free Professional Examinations Act, qualified indigents or persons who have no visible income or support, or whose incomes are insufficient for the basic needs of his/her family, as determined by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), are exempt from paying professional examination fees.

These licensure examinations include those conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Civil Service Commission (CSC) as well as the bar examinations by the Supreme Court (SC).

Lapid said fees are one of the barriers that prevent some college graduates from taking licensure tests.

“Maaring ito ay maliit na halaga lamang para sa iba, ngunit sa mga estudyanteng galing sa mahihirap na pamilya na nakatapos ng pag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng scholarships o di kaya naman ay nagtapos sa ating mga State Universities and Colleges kung saan libre na ang edukasyon, ito ay napakalaking bagay na,” he said.

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