MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, a law providing free tuition for students of 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs).
“I am pleased to announce that last night, August 3, 2017, the President signed into law the enrolled bill,” said Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday, August 4, during a press conference.
Duterte signed the bill around 9 pm on Thursday, following a meeting between lawmakers and economic managers in Malacañang.
Despite opposition from his economic advisers, the President was convinced that the benefits of the bill outweigh its hefty cost, said Guevarra.
“Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a pillar or cornerstone of the President’s social development policy so he weighed everything and came to the conclusion that the long-term benefits that will be derived from a well-developed tertiary education will definitely outweigh any possible short-term …