PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte should sign the Free Education bill into law because it is an investment for progress, lawmakers said Thursday.
The Makabayan bloc and party-list lawmakers Sarah Elago of Kabataan, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of Alliance of Concerned Teachers, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna and Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis made the call as the President has two days to either sign the bill into law or veto it two days before it automatically becomes law.
“This will benefit 1.8 million students in first year alone. It is not true that 12 percent of the poor make it thru college. 70 percent of students in SUCs are poor, near poor or part of struggling middle class. Just one percent of the proposed budget is enough to fund this law until 2022,” Elago told reporters.
The lawmakers’ concern stemmed from Duterte’s economic managers’ opposition to the bill.
“The President should not think twice in signing this into law. This is for the benefit of millions of youth. The balance is clear, we need to invest in our youth because this will result in economic progress,” Casilao said. LLANESCA T. PANTI