SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
13 January 2021 10:47:55 PM
The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, chaired by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, on Wednesday approved House Bill 7486 authored by Rep. Jesus “Bong” Suntay (4th District, Quezon City) that would amend Republic Act 10931 or the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.” RA 10931 poses several challenges, making the student loan program inadequate for eligible citizens to have full access to higher quality education. “This proposed House measure fills in the gap of this previously enacted legislation. It aims to upgrade our existing student loan program and make it more inclusive and responsive for students. Through this, our tertiary education will be more accessible which would then translate to essential benefits in the nation’s economic and social growth as well as human development,” Suntay said. The panel also approved HBs 8137 and 8210, both authored by Go. HB 8137 would also amend RA 10931 to expand the coverage of the tertiary education subsidy. Meanwhile, HB 8210 would mandate the Commission on Higher and Technical Education to create a tripartite council that would address the job-skills mismatch. Lastly, the committee approved several local bills such as HBs 8072, 8123 and 8124. HB 8072, filed by Rep. Alfel Bascug (1st District, Agusan del Sur), would convert the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) to Agusan del Sur Polytechnic Institute for Technical Education (ADSPITE). HB 8123, authored by Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez, seeks to establish a College of Medicine at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) located in Cagayan de Oro. Lastly, HB 8124 filed by Rep. Joseph Lara (3rd district, Cagayan) aims to convert the extension campus of the Cagayan State University (CSU) into a regular campus.