• Gatchalian vows push for free higher education

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    Passage of a law providing free education in all state universities and colleges or SUCs will be pushed by Senator-elect Sherwin Gatchalian.

    The first bill–Free Higher Education Act–that he will file in the Senate, according to Gatchalian, will seek, among others, free tuition in the SUCs.

    In pushing for free education and other items on his legislative agenda, the incoming senator said he would seek assistance and recommendations from local government units or LGUs.

    When he was a congressman, he authored House Bill 5905 or the proposed Free Higher Education Act, which sought to allot P10.5 billion from the Presidential Social Fund to subsidize free education.

    This bill, however, was not passed into law.

    The 42-year-old senator served as representative of the First District of Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016.

    He also served as the city’s mayor for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2013.

    Gatchalian took his oath of office as senator before Mandaluyong City (Metro Manila) Mayor Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos on Tuesday afternoon.

    He was accompanied by his brother, Valenzuela City Mayor-elect Rex Gatchalian, city councilors and barangay [village]chairmen of the city when he took his oath of office at the Mandaluyong City Hall.

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