SENATOR Bam Aquino asked the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to distribute immediately to student-beneficiaries the budget for its Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES) program that was already released by the government.
“I welcome the release of the said amount as it proves the administration’s commitment to implement the program under the law,” Aquino said, the principal sponsor of Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
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).
However, Aquino stressed that the remaining P11.2 billion fund allocated for the TES in the 2018 budget should also be released immediately for the benefit of students under the program.
Recently, the senator convinced the CHED to issue a memorandum prohibiting state universities and colleges (SUCs) from charging mandatory fees.
During the CHED’s budget hearing, Aquino informed the department 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. Dapat hindi na maningil ang SUC ng tuition at mandatory fees sa mga estudyante ngayong 2019,” he added.