Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Critic’s hard pill to swallow: Their much-hated TRAIN law funds the law for Free tuition of State Colleges

President Rodrigo Duterte TRAIN Law help funds tuition fee for college. Image credit to
The Republic Act No. 10931 or Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is one of the most controversial yet most beneficial acts ever signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. But little did those issue-making critics knew was that this and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law that they also loved nit-picking about was connected.

Some senators wanted the TRAIN law abolished, but by saying so it would also affect the law for free state college tuition.

As such, the Commission on Higher Education stepped out and stated how important the TRAIN law is to the law for free state college tuition.

CHED Officer-in Charge J. Prospero de Vera III exclaimed in a press briefing that,

“I have come out publicly to support TRAIN because higher education requires a lot of funding from the national government. We want to make sure that RA 10931 is implemented fully and we have enough sources for that.”   

He stated that the tuition and miscellaneous fees of the free state college tuition law was covered by the earned revenue of the TRAIN law, which amounts to an initial 40-billion pesos.

“The computation of that budget is already anchored in TRAIN. So we cannot expand access to free education. If TRAIN is suspended, our revenues will be less and there will be less money to use. We will have to cut back on the expectations on the implementation of RA 10931,” the OIC stated.

He also emphasized the fact that the incoming senior high graduates are also expecting to receive this same benefit and suspending the law is utmost a stupid act.

“What are we going to do with them? There will be less money to allocate for the universities which give free tuition. It’s as simple as that. If TRAIN is suspended, at the best, we will have to maintain existing levels if there are no new revenues. At the worst, we have to have cutbacks,” de Vera pointed out.

Despite having scholarship programs by the Commission, it still wouldn’t be enough to reimburse the actual college tuition that these deserving college students need since the scholarship funds given away are only based on what one needs to survive.

“If you take away their (state college and universities) reimbursement from national government, we will have to go back to allowing them to charge tuition and fees. Otherwise, they won’t be able to operate. Running an educational institution is very expensive — payment for power, water, maintenance of buildings. Their income generation projects are not as substantial and reliable as tuition and miscellaneous,” he also pointed ot.

So the OIC de Vera pointed out that if the TRAIN law remains active and the revenues increase this will give the CHED an avenue to request an increase in budget since there will also be an increase in students.

“This is because there will be additional students and we want to increase the 300,000 slots for Tertiary Education Subsidy for the poor students to 400,000,” he concluded.

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Daily Pilipinas Source: PTV

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