Cayetano pushes youth to fight for free college education

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    BACOLOR, Pampanga– Fight for free college  education! This was the message  of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to the youth as he enjoined  them to use all available  legal means to pressure the national government  to  allocate funds in the coming years to bridge the gap in the recently  enacted Iskolar Ng Bayan (INB) law which  only covers the first year  of college education.

    “The ultimate goal is  to have free tertiary education for all. But for now, funding the entire college dreams of qualified  students under the  Iskolar ng Bayan (INB) Act is the next big  step,”  the senator said.  He also reiterated his call to Kapampangan  students to fight for free college education.  

    “Your voices, when in unison, are a powerful force. Use this youth power to fight for what  we all believe is a right, not   just a privilege,” the senator said.  Cayetano made the announcement during  a meeting with tricycle drivers’    associations here over the weekend.

    Under his continuing  “Presyo, Trabaho, Kita  (PTK) program, Cayetano gave P50,000 each to three tricycle drivers’associations. The senator  was assisted by local officials led by Mayor  Jomar Hizon and Vice Mayor Ananias Canlas Jr. in the short program  held at the covered court in front of the town  hall  here.

    “Imagine what happens  if after the first year, the scholars are  left to fend for themselves, especially the  poor  but deserving students.  What if they don’t find other grants to continue  their studies? Are we really ready to call  the    INB law a failurewhen the time comes?” Cayetano asked. 

    The senator said both the Executive and  Legislative  branches of government can bridge  the gap, but it should work together to come  up with a solution to the shortcomings of the  measure. The Cayetano law mandates all state universities  and colleges to extend  automatic admission and provide scholarship  grants to the top  10 public high school students of their respective   graduating classes.

    The grant, which is  envisioned to give almost  80,000 students scholarships a year,  covers the  full amount of tuition and other school  fees for the first year of college.  As the principal au-thor of the INB law, the  senator has been going around campuses nationwide  explaining the benefits of the measure  and how it will allow indigent students pursue  higher learning.  

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