Solon to allocate P40-B for free tertiary education

Senator Loren B. Legarda will allocate P40 billion for the implementation of the free tertiary education this year.

Legarda said this fund will surely help every Filipino family to have their children set foot in state colleges or in technical-vocational schools in the country.

Speaking before the 2,553 graduates of MMSU last June 8 during its 40th Commencement Exercises, Legarda said “under my watch, I’ll make sure that all students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and all state-owned technical-vocational institutions shall have free college education”.

As the principal author of the law and chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Legarda said that since this has become a law last year, she has already allotted P8.5 billion prior to its implementation.

“With this free college education, we somehow level the plain field. This is just one of the laws that I enacted, and I hope that this legacy lives on,” she said, hoping that other future senators will continue to put funds for free college education in the succeeding years.

Aside from the P40 billion, the senator also promised to help MMSU of its development programs and projects.

Together with Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Legarda is responsible for the establishment of MMSU’s  National Bioenergy Research and Innovation Center (NBERIC), and has allocated P5 million for the wireless fidelity (WiFi) facilities of MMSU, and another P5 million for the upgrading of its Information Technology Center to effectively implement the university’s Learning Management System (LMS).