Accessible Schooling in the New Ordinary

For a lot of Filipinos, education and learning is a device to elevate them selves out of poverty. Even so, with the climbing value of acquiring a tertiary education and learning, students could find it tricky to get their foot into faculties and universities.

Enter Republic Act No. 10687, or the Universal Accessibility to High-quality Tertiary Training Act. 1st signed into regulation in 2017, this is an act that “reconciles, increases, strengthens and expands governing administration-funded modalities of Student Financial Aid Packages (StuFAPs) for tertiary schooling in both equally public and non-public establishments.”

A single of these plans is the Unified University student Economic Aid for Tertiary Training or UNIfast. Below this regulation, students attending neighborhood and state universities and schools are exempted from paying out tuition and other college costs. According to UniFAST Secretariat Officer-in-Demand and Government Director Atty. Ryan Estevez, this regulation is “one of the legacies of the Duterte administration.”

“There hardly ever was in the heritage of the Philippine higher education that regional universities and schools have been suitable to turn into beneficiaries of free of charge bigger training,” he mentioned during an on the web webinar.

Fiscal support

From its implementation in 2018, Atty. Estevez shared that they have presented an estimated P2.3 million to college students in conditions of financial assistance who are enrolled in equally public and private higher education institutions.

In addition to furnishing no cost tertiary instruction, UniFAST also covers other packages, such as a Tertiary Education and learning Subsidy (TES) and a Totally free Technologies and Vocational Training training. For these plans, Atty. Estevez shared that they worked closely with other federal government organizations to give these added benefits.

“We have a memorandum of agreement with DOLE (Office of Labor and Employment) and TESDA (Technical Training and Abilities Growth Authority), who in essence implement the free tech vocation,” he claimed. ‘With DOLE, we have the memorandum of settlement for the Batang OFW. This is in response to the connect with of the President to help our OFWs na pinauwi at namatay or nagkasakit at hindi nakapagtrabaho at nakabalik sa trabaho nila overseas. So we’re giving P30,000 1 time grant for each young children of OFW,”


In accordance to Atty. Estevez, UniFAST’s TES program has helped above 500,000 school learners get by their college or university journey, with 60 per cent of the college students moving into personal establishments. Every pupil is allowed close to P100,000 to fork out for school service fees this sort of as tuition, and are also provided an allowance amounting to forty thousand for community faculties. For learners attending personal universities, they are also supplied P100,000 for university charges, but they get P60,000 for their allowance in its place.

On the other hand, UniFAST also can take into consideration the demands of pupils who are folks with disabilities (PWD). For these students, UniFAST provides an added P30,000 in allowance.

In the course of the similar webinar, Atty Estevez also shared that UniFAST programs to put into practice a student financial loan method that will permit pupils to acquire in shorter phrase financial loans to help them with other miscellaneous school expenditures. Even so, this method is even now getting renegotiated with the Progress Lender of the Philippines.

“Maganda po itong scholar financial loan method since you can reloan each individual time and wala siyang curiosity,” he mentioned.

These plans could possibly be challenging to apply now during the new usual. On the other hand, Atty. Estevez along with CHED chairman Prospero “Popoy” de Vera make guaranteed that these systems are in spot and are performing. At the exact same time, these observations proved to them that inspite of the modifications they have developed, the Philippines however has a extended way to go.

“We genuinely understood that it is a necessity to make investments in education. And we are moving as CHED and UniFAST. It is crystal clear that we are going towards flexible studying modalities, so that is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous, on the web and modular. So all this is remaining supported by CHED and the government as a entire by the UniFAST,” he said.