Gatchalian urges CHED to fast-track accreditation of LUCs

Senator Win Gatchalian on Friday urged the Commission on Higher Education to fast-track the evaluation and accreditation of local universities and colleges to unlock their potential in producing highly-educated graduates with skill sets to match the primary needs of local economies. At the same time, Gatchalian said the CHED should likewise help LUCs upgrade their […]

Free education law a “world-class reform” – Gatchalian

Senator Win Gatchalian on Thursday expressed elation at the surprise signing into law of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. “The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act is a world-class reform that elevates educational access in the Philippines to a superior standard enjoyed by just a handful of progressive countries. Its passage into law is […]

Gatchalian corrects Duterte admin’s facts and figures on free higher education

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday corrected the facts and figures presented by the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte concerning the national legislature’s push to institute a comprehensive free tuition program for post-secondary students. The senator, who is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, took exception to estimates provided by Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno tagging the cost […]

Gatchalian fights for PHP 15B budget for free SUC tuition

Senator Win Gatchalian on Wednesday vowed to fight for the allocation of PHP 15 billion in the 2018 national budget to fund the continuation of the free tuition program in state universities and colleges (SUCS) as the Senate prepares to begin budget deliberations. “The lack of funding for the free tuition program in the proposed budget submitted […]

Gatchalian hails enactment of Free Higher Education Act

  Senator Win Gatchalian on Tuesday hailed the swift enactment of landmark legislation which seeks to establish universal access to college and post-secondary technical-vocational education for all Filipinos. The bicameral conference report of Senate Bill No. 1304 and House Bill No. 5633 was ratified by the Senate during its session on Tuesday. After the House similarly ratifies the […]

Gatchalian defends Affordable Higher Ed Act from criticism

Senator Win Gatchalian on Sunday defended the Affordable Higher Education for All Act (SBN 1304) from criticism voiced by student groups and youth organizations upon Senate approval of the bill earlier this week. “Certain groups are convinced that the Affordable Higher Education for All Act will serve as a hindrance to educational access at state […]

Sen. Gatchalian hails Senate approval of free SUC tuition bill

Senator Win Gatchalian on Monday hailed the passage of Senate Bill No. 1304, now known as the Affordable Higher Education Act for All Act, the landmark measure that will establish a permanent full tuition subsidy for more than one million Filipino citizens enrolled in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). “I applaud my colleagues in the Senate […]

Gatchalian: Free tuition policy in SUCs not anti-poor

The implementation of a free tuition policy in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) would significantly improve the financial position of working-class households that are struggling to cope with the high cost of tertiary education, Senator Win Gatchalian said on Wednesday as he scored critics for attempting to brand the policy as “anti-poor”. In a statement, signed by several members of […]

Sen. Gatchalian releases free SUC tuition policy paper

The Office of Senator Win Gatchalian has released a policy paper discussing the merits of making tuition free in state universities and colleges (SUCs) in a bid to convince members of both houses of Congress to legislate the policy into law before the end of the First Regular Session of the 17th Congress. The paper, […]