Rep. Nograles to SUCs, LUCs: Post guidelines to avoid hitches on free tuition program


State universities and colleges (SUCs), as well as local universities and colleges (LUCs), covered by the government’s free tuition should post within their campuses the guidelines and “how-to’s” of the program, Davao City 1st District Karlo Nograles said Tuesday.

Nograles, also chair of the House committee on appropriations, said this will help avoid hitches in the implementation of Republic Act No. 10931, otherwise known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

The law will be implemented for the first time this school year 2018-2019.

“This landmark law must get off on the right foot. By doing so, doubters of the program can no longer claim that tuition-free tertiary education in the Philippines is fake news,” Nograles said.

The guidelines to be posted in the different schools and universities shall be based on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the free college tuition program, which the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) officially launched last March, he said.

Covered by the program are some 112 SUCs and 78 LUCs accredited by CHED, as well as 122 Technical-Vocational Institutions (TVIs) under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Aside from free tuition, RA 10931 provides that the state will also shoulder miscellaneous and other similar or related fees.