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Totoo nga! Bam finally convinced gov’t is funding free tuition law

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Senator Bam Aquino is “now convinced” that the Duterte government is committed to provide free college education.

He lauded the move of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to release of around P4.8 billion for its Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program.

The CHEd recently announced the release of P4.8 billion for the TES program under the free higher education law to students in 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs) and 78 local universities and colleges (LUCs).

“I welcome the release of the said amount as it proves the administration’s commitment to implement the program under the law,” Aquino said.

He urged CHEd said to distribute immediately the said fund to student-beneficiaries in both public and private education institutions.

However, he stressed that the remaining P11.2 billion fund allocated for the TES in the 2018 budget should also be released immediately to the beneficiaries.

“Siguraduhin natin na ang buong budget na nakalaan para sa TES ay mailabas sa lalong madaling panahon, kasama na rito ang mga scholarship para sa mga estudyante ng private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” he said.

He recently convinced the CHEd to issue a memorandum prohibiting SUCs from charging mandatory fees.

During the CHEd’s budget hearing, Aquino said that several SUCs still collect miscellaneous and other mandatory fees from students, despite the expressed prohibition under Republic Act 10931.

“Sana gawin nating New Year’s resolution ang 100 porsiyentong pagpapatupad ng libreng kolehiyo sa lahat ng state university at college,” he said.

“Dapat hindi na maningil ang SUC ng tuition at mandatory fees sa mga estudyante ngayong 2019,” he said.

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