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Arroyo praises Duterte for signing free college tuition fee law

Aug 4, 2017 @ 9:26
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Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on August 4 has lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law providing for free tuition for students of 112 state universities and colleges in the country.

The Pampanga politiko said that the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act include a provision which creates the Student Loan Board for college students enrolled in private schools.

“When I was president, I launched a student loan initiative called the Student Assistance Fund for Education (SAFE) which gave out interest-free loans to college students who could not graduate due to financial constraints,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said she had long wanted to institutionalize SAFE.

“The law is laudable because it does not only address the needs of students in public colleges and universities, but also the needs of underprivileged students who would fail to make cut in our state colleges and universities,” Arroyo said.

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