‘Just because [President Duterte] signed this into law doesn’t mean things will be miraculously okay tomorrow,’ says the UP vice president for public affairs
Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman argues the free tuition law is 'social justice legislation' that must benefit who it is intended for – the poor
The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their 'spending pattern' – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years
Students who don't take on a full load or don't finish their course on time may not be granted free tuition, says CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera III
'Eh pagdating sa 'kin, alam ko man na walang pera. 'Pirmahan natin ito.' Eh di sige,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his decision to sign the measure
Budget allocations from 'underperforming and underspending' agencies in the proposed 2018 budget may be tapped
Lawmakers from both the majority and minority blocs laud the signing into law of the measure – despite Duterte's economic team advising against it
Leftist members of the Duterte Cabinet, however, welcome the signing of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act
Less than an hour before the news broke out, 'SUCs' tops the trending list in the Philippines
The President has until Saturday, August 5, to exercise his veto powers
The bill, already on President Rodrigo Duterte's desk, will lapse into law on August 5 if he does not act on it
Senators urge the Duterte administration to view the measure as an 'investment for the future' and not an expense
'In the absence of any law, we cannot appropriate money for free tuition,' says budget secretary Benjamin Diokno
If amended, the law would enable Filipino professors and experts of foreign citizenship to return home 'and impart their hard-earned wisdom,' says Senator Grace Poe
Commissioner Prospero de Vera III also asks the UP leadership to clarify its position on the tuition-free policy
'They are not clear yet as to how much subsidy there will be: partial or complete, and who will be eligible. Until they clarify, we will not collect any amount from students,' says UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan
Student-grantees must serve in the Philippines for a year for every year they received cash grants from government
Students in public colleges and universities and technical-vocational schools can already enjoy the benefits of the law by the second semester of 2017-2018
With the Senate passing its own version in March, the bill seeking to provide free tuition in state colleges will soon be transmitted to the Office of the President
The Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Budget and Management have issued implementing guidelines on the grant of free tuition in state universities and colleges nationwide
'This passage of the Affordable Higher Education for All Act is a clear message from the Senate to every Filipino that we prioritize education, that we choose to invest, first and foremost, in our students,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV
Here's what you need to know about the tuition-free policy, as proposed in the Senate
We need to focus more on the disadvantages that poor students face much earlier in their lives
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia are pushing for fully funding the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) instead
'We will conduct a comprehensive information campaign...to ensure that deserving students have the chance to benefit from this game-changing policy in higher education,' says CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan
Under the proposal, students 'shall be free from payment of tuition and other school fees, except fees related to student activities'
CHED Commissioner Prospero de Vera describes his principal as 'insensitive and elitist' after Patricia Licuanan made another controversial statement this week about the tuition-free policy
Senator Ralph Recto explains how the Commission on Higher Education will spend its additional budget of P8.3 billion, which is meant to implement the tuition-free policy in state universities and colleges
However, the Commission on Higher Education has yet to iron out the details on what to do with the additional budget
The proposed fund, if approved, will be distributed to 114 state universities and colleges and will benefit students from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households
CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan says Duterte's support for federalism is very compatible with the commission's efforts at strengthening regional institutions
Education Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo says they have not received reports of classroom shortages for senior high school
The education department expects about 70,000 to 75,000 students to apply for the program
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The senatorial bet's proposal is even bigger than the total 2016 budget of UP, and one-third of the entire budget of state universities and colleges
Sherwin Gatchalian, a senatorial aspirant in the 2016 elections, supports the K to 12 program and believes that making college tuition free will result to a 'radical reform' in Philippine higher education
The House of Representatives have approved an increase in the pay of paramilitary groups while cutting the budget of state colleges and universities
Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon says the role of students in the university is to study, and not to do 'voluntary, manual labor of work that should be done by government contractors'
Jejomar Binay promise before students to support agrarian reform, end labor contractualization, lessen the number of OFWs, amend the FOI bill, and probe human rights violations
Kabataan Representative Terry Ridon also identifies 20 state universities and colleges that will get lower allocations for capital outlay and MOOE
However, a check on the budgets of the 4 schools that Vice President Binay mentioned in his speech shows he got it right about decreases on certain years
An existing law gives top high school graduates scholarships in their first year in college. The proposed unified education assistance law seeks to extend the scholarships in succeeding years.
'We support Iskolar ng Bayan, We support affirmative action, but we're having a problem how to do it,' says University of the Philippines vice president for public affairs Prospero de Vera
The 2015 Productivity Enhancement Incentive is equivalent to either P5,000 or one month of basic salary and will be given 'no earlier than June 1'
Some students hold up banners with the name of Rosanna Sanfuego, who reportedly killed herself over difficulties in paying school fees
As it is, most students of Cagayan State University cannot afford the cost of school fees, says the National Union of Students of the Philippines
A total of P826.5 million has already been released to 28 state universities and colleges
Starting 2015-2016, qualified colleges will be allowed to open undergraduate and graduate programs in these 3 fields, considering market uptrend and PH's lead in the IT-BPO