by Diego Mina, Class 2021
On the 15th of June 2017, AGHAM Youth, UP Saribuhay, and Rise for Education College of Science Diliman held a press conference wherein they launched the Free Tuition Watch campaign, which would aim to collate reports through social media on the implementation of the Php 8.3B funds for free tuition this school year 2017-2018.
The provision of Php 8.3B was written last December 2016 into the General Appropriations Act for 2017. While it had been explicitly stated that the 8.3B would be used so as to have no tuition collection at least for the school year 2017-2018, the CHED-DBM released a controversial set of rules and regulations that introduced a “prioritization scheme”. There has also been a letter from CHED Commissioner Prospero De Vera stating that medical students would be able to obtain the free tuition as long as they fulfill certain requirements. As of writing however, the College of Medicine has not yet stated that there are rules to be implemented.