Board Member Winston Arzaga has proposed a resolution urging the provincial government to realign its funds for scholarship to cover the miscellaneous fees of existing student beneficiaries since the national government has already a program that covers their tuition fees.
In a resolution of Board Member Winston Arzaga, he said that the free tuition program of the national government would include the students supported by the province under the IHELP (Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the environment) program.
He also said that the province is expanding the educational assistance to cover almost all of qualified students in state-run educational institution, thus giving the youth an opportunity to earn a college degree.
“Para mas makatotohanan ang sinasabing free tuition program ng national government, sagutin na natin ang naiiwan na miscellaneous fee para wala na talagang babayaran ang mga estudyante,” he said.
On August, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act that will provide free tuition for students in 112 state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country, including Palawan State University (PSU) and Western Philippines University (WPU).
Board Member Leoncio Ola said that they would lessen their expenditure if they cover the miscellaneous fees instead of the tuition fees of students.
“Sa mga napag-usapan kasi ang posibilidad kapag naaccomodate lahat ng estudyante natin sa free tuition program ng national government, mas makakatipid tayo niyan kung miscellaneous na lang ang sasagutin natin,” Ola said.
He said the educational enhancement program of the province has proposed a P175 million budget for 2018 which will benefit the scholars of medicine, vocational and alternative learning schools.
“Mas maganda na pag-usapan talaga ‘yan sa budget hearing para maayos at mapag-usapan lahat. Sa ngayon, wala pang schedule kasi pero tuloy-tuloy na ‘yan,” Ola added.
There are presently 5,871 total beneficiaries of the provincial government’s scholarship program.