CHED launches IRR of free tuition law in MiMaRoPa

Published April 4, 2018, 2:40 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As part of its nationwide information caravan for free higher education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday led the launching of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) on the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) in MiMaRoPa (Region IV-B).

The caravan was held in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and led by Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education UniFAST Secretariat Officer-In-Charge-Executive Director Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, CHED, MiMaRoPa Director Virginia Akiate, and Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Palawan Provincial Director Renato Pantaleon.


Akiate welcomed more than 300 higher education stakeholders during the Palawan leg of the Nationwide Information Caravan for R.A. 10931. Citing data for Academic Year 2016 – 2017, CHED said that around 29,000 students from the Palawan State University and Western Philippines University will benefit from RA 10931.

“Mahirap man o mayaman, wala na pong balakid sa pagkamit ng Free Higher Education, Free Tech-Voc, Tertiary Education, at Student Loan Programs,” said Yadao-Sison during the launch.

The RA 10931 was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3, 2017. The Congress has allocated P40 Billion in the 2018 General Appropriations Act for this landmark Law.

The Law provides free higher education (tuition, miscellaneous, and other fees) in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), Tertiary Education Subsidy (TES), free Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for those enrolled in state-run Technical Vocational Institutions, Tertiary Education Subsidy, and a Student Loan Program.

Aside from the caravan, a Free Education Fair was also held to showcase the existing student financial assistance programs (StuFAPs) of the various partner agencies.