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A better Marawi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have indicated that the end to the Marawi crisis might be near.

In line with the constitutional provision that “The state shall assign the highest budgetary priority to education…,” a total of P710.5 billion was allotted for the four basic departments in our educational system, namely, Department of Education (DepEd), P583.1 billion; Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), P49.9 billion; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), P6.9 billion; and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), P61.6 billion.

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I pointed out in this column last week that the public funds that will be appropriated for the implementation of Republic Act. No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is a wise investment for both the Philippines and the Filipino people because of its potential returns.

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Duterte forms Task Force Bangon Marawi

President Duterte has ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force that will oversee the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City.

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FINALLY, universal access to college education is now a reality. The Senate-House bicameral committee has passed the much anticipated Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act of 2017 which may now be in Malacañang for the signature of President Duterte.

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Binalaan ni Technical Education and Skills Development Authority o TESDA Director General Guiling Mamondiong ang publiko laban sa scam at mga fixers na nakikipagtransaksyon sa kanilang ahensya.

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