BACOLOD CITY, April 12 (PNA) — Re-electionist Senator Loren Legarda is pushing for higher subsidies on tuition and matriculation fees in all state colleges and universities (SUCs) nationwide.
Legarda faced the press after her speech at the 63th Commencement Exercises of the Central Philippine State University (CPSU) in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Thursday.
Legarda’s proposed subsidy increase is part of her thrust to have Pantawid Tuition Program (PTP) that aims to have one college graduate for every poor Filipino family.
The senatorial candidate explained that the program, if realized, can benefit the 3.8 million poorest families in the country, especially those beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
“When a family has a college graduate, who has a greater chance of getting a permanent and good-paying job as a professional, they will have a greater opportunity for a better life,” Legarda stressed.
The college scholarships for 4Ps beneficiaries will have lasting impact on the lives of the country’s poorest families and will also benefit the nation’s productivity and growth, she added.
Furthermore, Legarda said it will not be a big dent on the government’s education budget if college scholarships are given to the poorest of the poor since SUCs are already in place.
“Not only will the PTP will help bring down poverty incidence, which is the goal of the government’s 4Ps, but it will also expand the number of people who are employable and open up opportunities for the youth in the informal sector,” she said.
Legarda has been invited as the guest speaker of CPSU as she was responsible for the conversion of the institution into a state university along with 6th District Representative Mercedita Alvares. (PNA)