New bill passed to give poor students access to private HE

A bill that seeks to establish a voucher programme for poor but qualified students in private higher education institutions and technical-vocational institutions (TVIs) in the Philippines has been overwhelmingly approved in the House of Representatives, writes Ellson Quismorio for Manilla Bulletin.

Passed on its third and final reading last Monday, 22 May, was House Bill (HB) No 7922, which would also revise some provisions of the Tertiary Education Subsidy for students in public and private higher education institutions.

Under HB No 7922, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Board will administer a portable voucher system that will allow beneficiaries to study in private higher education institutions and TVIs in cities and municipalities where there are existing state universities and colleges, local universities and colleges and public TVIs.
Full report on the Manilla Bulletin site