Labor group lauds signing of free SUCs tuition law

MANILA-- A worker's group lauded the signing of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act by President Rodrigo Duterte, noting that the law would benefit the children of working parents.

Associated Labor Unions (ALU) Spokesman Alan Tanjusay noted that efforts of lawmakers and Duterte would also unburden parents, especially those who could not afford to send their children to school.

"This is very good news to poor college and vocational students, who were forced to stop studying because of inadequate daily wage of their working parents and rising cost of living," he said in a statement.

The ALU official added the law gave the around 1.2 million college and vocational students from poor families the chance to finish their studies and have a bright future.

"Poor students now have the opportunity to help lift the family out of poverty," said Tanjusay.

At the same time, he believed that many young people will be saved from being victims of drug addiction and human trafficking.

"This will also give hope to a large number of out-of-school youths and save them from illegal drug addiction and trafficking," Tanjusay said.

On Thursday, Duterte signed into law the measure providing free education for millions of students in public tertiary and vocational schools nationwide.

Under the law, full tuition subsidy are provided to students in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges, and state-run technical-vocational schools.

Source: Philippine News Agency