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World Philippines' Duterte orders free state college education

22:55  04 august  2017
22:55  04 august  2017 Source:   afp.com

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" Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a very strong pillar or cornerstone of the president´s social development policy," he told reporters. The Philippines has 114 state universities and colleges . Under Duterte 's proposed budget for 2018, these institutions have a total allocation of.

" Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a very strong pillar or cornerstone of the president's social development policy," he told reporters. The Philippines has 114 state universities and colleges . Under Duterte 's proposed budget for 2018, these institutions have a total allocation of

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his state of the nation address to Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017© Provided by AFP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his state of the nation address to Congress in Manila on July 24, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education at all state universities free, a palace official said Friday, despite warnings from his economic advisors that the Philippines cannot afford it.

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Duterte, who is known for his populist leanings, believes the long-term benefits of the measure outweigh the short-term budgetary challenges, said deputy presidential executive secretary Menardo Guevarra.

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Going to college just became easier for many Filipinos . On the night of Aug. 3 local time, Philippine president Duterte signed into law a bill granting tuition- free Congress passed the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act earlier this year and sent it to Duterte last month to sign or veto.

Controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill which grants fully government-subsidised education at all state universities and. Duterte ’s economic agenda emphasises poverty reduction and ambitious, mass infrastructure projects. Nevertheless, economists have warned free

"Free tertiary education in state universities and colleges is a very strong pillar or cornerstone of the president’s social development policy," he told reporters.

The bill, signed late Thursday, will spare all students at government-run colleges and universities from paying tuition and other fees, he added.

Economic officials had warned Duterte not to approve the measure, which they argue will cost 100 billion pesos (some USD $2 billion) a year and will mainly benefit wealthier students.

Guevarra said that now the measure had been signed, everyone needed to work together to solve the key problem facing the new bill: funding.

"Everyone including the economic managers will have to focus their attention on this particular aspect: funding for this programme," he added.

Congressman Salvador Belaro, one of the authors of the bill for free state college tuition, warned it could cost some 500 billion pesos to fund the program through to 2022.

The Philippines has 114 state universities and colleges. Under Duterte's proposed budget for 2018, these institutions have a total allocation of 64.6 billion pesos.

This is out of a total education budget of 691.1 billion pesos, budget department documents showed.

The Duterte government is already scrambling to cover its proposed 3.767 trillion peso budget for 2018, which includes heavy spending on infrastructure.

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