Hinahanapan pa ng pera: Gov't seeks sources for free tuition budget

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2017 12:00 PM

MANILA - Congress has yet to determine where to source the budget needed to implement the free college tuition law, the Commission on Higher Education said Thursday.

CHEd Commissioner Prospero De Vera said lawmakers plan to tackle the issues concerning the budget for the free college tuition law during the bicameral conference committee.

"Hinahanapan pa ng pera [ang budget para sa free college tuition], ang agreement ng House at Senate, sa bicameral conference committee na pag-uusapan ito," De Vera told radio DZMM.

He said only the 2018 budget for CHEd and 110 state universities and colleges under the national expenditure program passed the 2nd reading at the House of Representatives.

Two SUCs - Sulu State College and Pangasinan State University - were not yet included in the budget because of corruption issues raised in the plenary, added De Vera.

The CHEd commissioner earlier said the government needs P20 billion to implement the free tuition law next year and cover some 1 million students in state-run higher education institutions.

De Vera said they are still looking for P20 million to implement the free tuition for medical students in 8 state universities and colleges.

Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the "Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act," a law granting free college tuition, despite funding concerns.