After President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act into law, netizens were now confused on who is the one who started the bill for free education. This is because there are two personalities who's been making rounds on social media due to their statements.
On his website, Senator Bam Aquino thanked President Duterte for signing the the free college tuition into law, it was said that he's the principal sponsor and co-author of the said law and it was his 19th law in his four years as senator.
However, former President and now-Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on her official Facebook page, also thanked the President for signing the law which includes her bill under House Bill No. 3388 which creates the Student Loan Board for college students enrolled in private schools.
Kindly read Arroyo's full post below.
Statement of Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the signing into law of the Free SUC Tuition bill
I am extremely delighted that two of my bills have now become laws in a matter of only one week. First was the extension of validity of our passports to ten years and now the signing by President Rodrigo Rody Duterte of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act which includes my bill under House Bill No. 3388 which creates the Student Loan Board for college students enrolled in private schools.
When I was president, I launched a student loan initiative called the Student Assistance Fund for Education (S.A.F.E.) which gave out interest-free loans to college students who could not graduate due to financial constraints.READ ALSO: Blogger's Interesting Review on Who to Give Credit for Free Tuition Goes Viral
I wanted to institutionalize the (S.A.F.E.) program which is the reason why I filed HB 3388. HB 3388 got consolidated into House Bill 5633 which is now the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
The law is laudable because it does not only address the needs of students in public colleges and universities, but also the needs of underprivileged students who would fail to make cut in our state colleges and universities.
Writer and social media blogger, Faith Cabanilla, shared Arroyo's post and captioned it with:
Ay chararat!!! Salamat sa nag-comment dahil naisip ko sumilip sa FB page ni Tita Gloria! AHEM, "principal author na kamag anak ng dating presidente", give way to the one who started the bill for free education.Meanwhile, Arroyo's statement generated more than 1,300 shares as of this writing.
Credit where credit is due, indeed.
Now, how to sustain this initiative, Madam?
And thank you for the passport validity extension. <3
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