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Saturday, July 29, 2017

ACT Teachers Partylist: Budget for 2018 Free Tuition Removed


If the statement of two ACT Teachers Representative were true, parents with students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as those who are planning to enroll in SUCs will be greatly affected by this "bad news."  In a statement, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro revealed that Duterte Administration has not allotted enough funds for free higher education in its budget proposal for 2018.  They said the overall budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will decrease by P6.29 billion next year.  Read:112 State Universities and Colleges may give free full tuition after the passage of Senate Bill 1304





If the statement of two ACT Teachers Representative were true, parents with students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well as those who are planning to enroll in SUCs will be greatly affected by this "bad news."

In a statement, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro revealed that Duterte Administration has not allotted enough funds for free higher education in its budget proposal for 2018.

They said the overall budget of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will decrease by P6.29 billion next year.

Read:112 State Universities and Colleges may give free full tuition after the passage of Senate Bill 1304






It is because the proposed budget for CHED in 2018 is only P12.42 billion.

This budget is 33.6% lower than P18.7 billion budget for this year.

In the 2017 National Expenditure Program (NEP), the Senate realigned P8.3 billion for student financial assistance.


Read: It's Free! State College and State Universities Tuition This Year!




But in 2018 NEP submitted to Malacañang, the program is discontinued and omitted the higher education support fund, currently covered in the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) under special provision 2 of the CHEd budget.

Also missing from the 2018 NEP is the GAA’s special provision 6 under the budget for SUCs, which provides for P3 million in cash grants to medical students for the current year.


Read: Free Tuition For Medical Students in 8 Universities

“This is a huge step backward for the administration—its dismissal of the people’s demand for higher budgets for education,” Castro said.


Tinio, for his part, said tuition in SUCs should be kept free because “the state can afford to allocate funds for education at the tertiary level.”

Meanwhile, Tinio is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Bill, which was already approved by both houses of the Congress.

He said Duterte had not yet signed the bill that has already submitted to the President on July 5.


Read: Free Higher Education For All Will Become Law By August 5 or Earlier

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