A milestone in legislation
“Today, we have moved one step closer towards our goal of providing all Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor, free access to quality education that will serve as their tool to fight off poverty and unemployment.”
This was the statement made by Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter “Companero” S. Cayetano as President Benigno Aquino III signed into law his bill that aims to provide young Filipinos - 80,000 a year in total - increased access to tertiary education to help them find better and higher paying jobs in the future.
Cayetano welcomed the signing of President Aquino into law the measure known as the Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014, which mandates all state universities and colleges (SUCs) to give automatic admission and provide scholarship grants to the top ten (10) public high school students of their respective graduating classes.
“This is good news to Filipino families who are having difficulties sending their children to college. The passage of this law will definitely change the lives of almost 80,000 Filipino youths who are dreaming of a better future for their families. 80,000 families will finally be able to feel the benefits of our growing economy,” he said.
"And this law also states that an admission exam is not required. So no SUC can deny any student the benefits under this measure as long as they belong to the top 10 of their graduating class."