AROUND 2.5 million college students will benefit from the free education in state universities and colleges once the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is enacted into law.
Senator Bam Aquino, principal sponsor and co-author, said the measure providing free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and local universities and colleges (LUCs) will be a major reform in the country’s education system.
“This is a huge reform for struggling students and their hard working parents. I became a legislator because I wanted to spearheaded initiatives like this that can help our countrymen reach their hopes and dreams.
The bicameral conference committee approved the report on Monday.
“All it need is the President’s signature to make tuirion and other fees in SUCs and LUCs free and financial support for students in private colleges and universities through grants and loans accessible and available,” said Aquiino.
Senator Sonny Angara, also co-author of the bill, said that greater financial support for students in private colleges and universities is likewise provided in the bill.
“This bill is truly a huge step in ensuring that all Filipinos are provided with equal opportunity to quality tertiary education -- whether in public or private institutions. Hindi na dapat maging hadlang ang kahirapan sa pangarap natin na makapagtapos ang lahat ng Pilipino sa kolehiyo,” Angara added.
Once ratified, it will be transmitted to Malacanang for President Duterte’s signature. The bicam committee is headed by Senate education committee chairman Senator Chiz Escudero and House higher and technical education committee chairperson Rep. Ann Hofer.