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President Duterte signs SUCs free tuition bill

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Deputy Secretary Menardo Guevarra has announced on a press conference in Pasay City that President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the bill granting free tuition in all state universities and colleges (SUC).

This comes despite the Department of Budget and Management’s cold approach toward the bill due to the amount of fund needed to subsidize the program. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno who previously appealed that the government may not be able to allocate an annual fund of Php 100 billion for the bill.

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian was quick to counter Diokno’s statement saying that the program only needs a budget of Php 30 billion to subsidize free education.

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