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Finding the funds for free college education

THERE were seven countries in the world providing free college education – Brazil, Germany, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden. With the approval of the Free Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, RA 10931, last Thursday, the Philippines now joins these seven.

The House of Representatives will vote on President Duterte’s first national budget on third and final reading next month.

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The proposed P3.35-trillion national budget for 2017 pushed by the administration of President Duterte heavily invests on the attainment of peace and order in the country, according to Davao Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.

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The testimony of self-confessed and alleged former member of the so-called “Davao Death Squad” (DDS), Edgar Matobato, during the Senate inquiry on claimed extrajudicial killings in the country raised more questions than providing answers to the issue being investigated.

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The House Committee on Appropriations will start discussing President Duterte’s first proposed national budget for next year amounting to P3.35 trillion with hopes that the spending bill will be signed into law by December 7.

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House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez yesterday assured the timely and immediate passage of the proposed P3.3-trillion national budget for next year, P23.5 billion of which will be earmarked to finance the congressional projects of lawmakers.

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