The Senate approves free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs) on third and final reading.
True to his words to push the free tuition bill, Sen. Bam Aquino spearheaded the passage of the measure providing free tuition in SUCs despite his ouster as chairman of the Committee on Education.
Senate Bill No. 1304, also known as the “Affordable Higher Education for All Act” was approved in the Senate via 18-0 vote.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga kasama sa Senado na sumuporta sa napakahalagang panukalang ito na makatutulong sa napakaraming pamilyang Pilipino,” said Sen. Bam, the principal sponsor and co-author of Senate Bill No. 1304.
“Ito’y patunay kaya natin magtulungan sa pagsulong ng panukala at programa ng ating pamahalaan, basta’t ito’y para sa kapakanan ng taumbayan,” added Sen. Bam, who also defended the measure during the interpellation period.
The lawmaker is confident that the institutionalization of free tuition in SUCs will lead to more college graduates and a brighter future for underprivileged students.