Ang Edukasyon party-list Rep. Bong Belaro yesterday declared 2018 a great year for higher education on account of funding for free college in state universities and colleges (SUC) and tuition subsidy in private colleges.
Belaro also cited the creation of 12 new SUC as a great achievement of the government as he dubbed President Rodrigo Duterte as a champion of education.
Belaro urged Congress to push legislation for medical scholarship and an upgrade to the Doctors to the Barrios Program.
“These two crucial accomplishments had the full and steady backing of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who I believe should be regarded as a true education president,” he said.
“Eleven new state universities and one new state college were created either by converting an existing state college or city college, or merging several colleges and campuses into a new university,” he added.
All other presidents before Duterte were either unwilling or unable to provide 100 percent scholarship to all students in the various SUC.