ILOILO CITY: Filipino students will benefit the most from the social service measures passed by Congress over the past years. Since the 16th Congress convened in July 2013, the Senate passed 44 measures of national importance, 17 of which became laws in 2014 and four in 2013.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, said in a radio interview here, that the laws passed reflect the government’s commitment to address the most basic and pressing concerns of Filipinos, which include education, health, social reform package, consumer protection, and the ability to prepare for dangers in emergency cases.
Out of the 21 laws, three are aimed at broadening the Filipino youth’s access to education. These include Republic Act (RA) 10648, also known as the “Iskolar ng Bayan” Act, which gives automatic admission and provision of scholarship grants by all state colleges and universities to public high school students who belong to the top ten places of their graduating classes; RA 10650 which widens access to tertiary education by institutionalizing open distance learning; and RA 10647 which strengthens ladderized interface between technical-vocational education and training and higher education in the country.
Drilon said there are two more pro-students laws awaiting congressional approval, including Senate Bill 2277 that seeks to establish the Open High School System in the country and 2226 that aims to prevent the commercialization of student-athletes.