Newly-appointed Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Officer-in-Charge Prospero “Popoy” De Vera III affirmed that among his projects lined up for the agency, the implementation of free tuition for state universities and colleges is his top priority.
The Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 3, 2017. Aside from granting free tuition fee to state-run educational institutions, the law also covers miscellaneous fees like “library, computer, laboratory, school ID, athletic, admission, development, guidance, handbook, entrance, registration, medical and dental, cultural and other similar or related fees.”
According to De Vera, the CHEd has commenced the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to fast-track the implementation of the RA 10931, saying it should be instigated come June of this year.
“That is the most important mandate the commission must ensure,” De Vera said. “The biggest challenge for the commission is to ensure the implementation of RA 10931, and that is the access to quality higher education.”
De Vera acquired his office on January 24, 2018, after President Duterte appointed him to replace then CHEd Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.