Congress identifies funds for law granting free tuition

  • August 11, 2017
  • Leonard T. Pineda I

ILOILO CITY, August 11 (PIA6) ---  The Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations assured the public that needed funds for the implementation of the new law that institutionalizes full tuition subsidy for students of state universities and colleges (SUCs) have been identified.

In a press conference held at West Visayas State University (WVSU) here, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles said they have identified at least P16 billion in funds to support the implementation of Republic Act 10931 also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

“Kami po ay nagsusumikap na hanapin na ang maaring pagkuhanan ng pondo para dyan,” he said.

He said the House could pool together funds from various scholarships under various departments.

Such scholarship funds are currently allocated in different departments including Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“May mga nakalaan ring pondo para sa mga scholarships sa CHED (Commission on Higher Education), sa scholarships sa TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), at may iba’t ibang scholarships under sa mga SUCs,” he said.

He said that more funds can be raised by carving them out of the budgets of underperforming and underspending agencies.

He said that CHED and TESDA would still need to come up with an accurate figure on the number of students who would benefit from the law so that the House Appropriations Committee could figure out how much is needed to ensure its full implementation. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

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