Partylist rep eyes study now, pay later loan system for SUCs


Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna

MANILA, Philippines—Suggestions on how to help impoverished students are pouring in amid the outrage sparked by the death of a UP Manila freshman, who committed suicide after she filed a leave of absence for failure to pay tuition.

Party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna of the Citizens Battle Against Corruption said authorities could put into place a student loan system similar to one practiced in the United States.

In the US, students could avail themselves of financial assistance for their college education and repay the loan when they become employed.

Tugna said he was already studying whether such a student loan system could be implemented in the Philippines.

“It’s sad that something like this had to happen before we train the spotlight on this issue and really start discussing the mechanisms that are in place regarding the education system of our country. The effects of this regrettable incident would ripple across, not just in the other campuses of UP, but also in the other educational institutions that provide assistance to their students,” Tugna said in a statement.

Kristel Tejada, a 16-year-old Behavioral Sciences freshman, drank a silver cleaning solution at her residence in Tayuman, Manila on Friday after she was allegedly forced to file a leave of absence in the middle of her second semester at the state-run university for failure to pay tuition. Her family has been purportedly having financial difficulties.

According to Tugna, the death of Tejada only reflects the government’s neglect of the education system.

“We may be angry at the administration of UP now and blame them for what happened but ultimately, the core of this problem is rooted in a government and a system mired in graft and corruption,” he said.

For years, students of state universities and colleges (SUCs) have been protesting what they deemed was the inadequate budget allocated for their schools, but administration officials have countered that the budgets for these institutions have been increased.

Other politicians gunning for national posts in the May midterm elections have also weighed in on the issue.

Senatorial candidate Ernesto Maceda said education in state colleges and universities must be tuition-free, and also believes the government should sponsor more scholarships for poor children in private schools.

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito believes schools that deny entry to students who could not afford the tuition must be penalized, and said this is why he had pushed for his magna carta for students when congress was in session.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño on Monday filed a resolution calling for a congressional probe into tuition policies of SUCs.

Casiño also said the administration should order these institutions to review their policies on tuition, loan grants, and payment schemes.

“While SUCs are granted relative autonomy, government should have a set of minimum guidelines prioritizing the right of students to education over the generation of revenues,” he said.

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  • magiting78

    Yan yan dyan kau magaling pag may nangyari n saka kau mag ngangawa…mga tinamaan kau ng magagaling

  • gudwil2all

    ernie, jv, ted
    ang tosong matsing ay nagmamagaling
    magsisinungaling para lang mapansin

  • George Lapulapu

    Do your research first, before you ride on this issue.
    CHED have study now pay later scheme. Maybe you should ask why the “pay later” is just 3.0%, before you ride on to the issue of UP Manila inconsiderate officials.


    Simple lang im from State U prof,there is no permit no exam policy what i do i let the student tke the exam for them not tobe absent and be portrayed by their classmates na kaya absent walang pambayad which is embarrasing,i let them tke exam but sabi ko huwag ipagsasabi kasi bawal,to my condition na i can record the results but cnt show to them,until they paid their tution prior of after the exam..With this case,The Admin should have allowed Ms tejada to enroll provided that she cn partially if not fully paid the balance,and upon the next sem enrollment it will just be carried over,or pay 25% of tution fee,dahil di naman tatakbo itong mga students na ito cause they need the final mark at the end of evry sem..or worst they need their diploma..dati mga nakabike lng nagaaral sa UP ngyun mga di kotse na,showing middle upper class students bsta nkaasa sa scholarship eh scholar na ng bayan..

  • padrefaura

    ilang terms na ang cibac sa congrees, may nagawa na ba sila para dito? why only now?

  • JasonBieber

    Ok so now after a student commits suicide is when you guys start caring?

    What…did this problem just happen the other day right after the student committed suicide? The Philippine leaders should do a better job of caring and fixing problems and not only when a tragedy happens of when a crisis arises.

    how about fixing problems before it becomes worse?

    • buttones

      You mean have a rather more ‘proactive’ approach on issues and problems than ‘reactive’? Close the stable door BEFORE the horse bolts? That sort of thing? Well
      it’s certainly an idea. I always thought it a better idea not to chop down
      trees and suffer landslides, Policy rather dictates it’s better to suffer the land
      slides and THEN plant trees, or better to let the convicts escape and THEN
      build some sort of prison wall- ? I doubt your radical ideas will catch on to
      be honest with you…

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Nice idea from the US where almost new grads can get a job even at McDonald. In the Philippines this student loan will not work. Look at the 10.8 million unemployed Filipinos first, new graduates has no guarantee they can get a job overseas much more locally.
    This candidate is using his donkey to think.

  • TheTuth

    Fyi,, the US model is not what you think it is. If you want a real study now pay later scheme, look into the New Zealand/Australia model, but.. a substantial gov’t funding is required. Do we have the resources? I guess not… at least not in the next 6 years.

    • buttones

      Agree, It’s really all to dowith funding, and the economic environment this indebted graduate can enter and earn her pennies to repay her debt after
      graduation. We do not have this environment, we simply don’t. I am not familiar
      with NZ and OZ but in the UK many a graduate leaves Uni in debt, and they have
      a simple system of recovering that debt on employment. The operative word is ‘employment’.
      Even if the graduate gets a job abroad, the debt is still there, and if she returns to UK the system will show the debt and it will be recovered on employment. A personal example; I won a very basic scholarship to a UK university, tuition fees paid, no accommodation make your own way. But I could actually do it, serving in pubs, stacking supermarket shelves at 2 am, and attending the 9 am lecture- not easy but it was possible. That possibility is NOT available in PH, It simply isn’t.

  • desi derata

    The Study Now, Pay Later Plan is an existing law sponsored by Sen Benigno Aquino, Jr which was drafted by his brilliant assistant former Senator Raul Roco. It is a law alright but the implementing funding bill was never supported by the other Senators.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Those senators never graduated and they’re raking millions if not billions from pork barrel. Look at the member of congress and senate, they have no formal education, they can’t even understand the law or bill or what to do. They never like education or going to school.
      Most of them probably graduated by cheating and copying, you know one already.

      Senators and congressmen has secure jobs with less education.

      • buttones

        Well, the rules of the game are, whether we like it or not, as prescribed by the Constitution no less, that a Senator, a Lawmaker in the Lower House, a President in the Palace requires no qualifications at all other than a certain age, being a national, and having a degree of literacy. Now whether this literacy extends to being able to read and understand anything more than a birth certificate, or even an electricity bill-which is hard enough anyway- is actually not mentioned.

  • Jose Paman

    kaya yung mga lumang senadores at tongressman ay dapat hindi na iboto dahil wala silang nagawa…….

  • Brownfly

    That’s a good idea. Many years back, Ortanez University in Cubao, Quezon City, used to have this kind of system: “Study Now, Pay Later Plan.!” This could be a welcome move for poor but intelligent students to pursue their studies. But the question is: Will this gain support from fellow lawmakers since they will not earn anything from this bill once enacted into law?

  • buttones

    Firstly I had no idea we had a Party List “Citizens Battle Against Corruption”. With
    the advent of the current administration with a mandate from the ‘citizens’ to
    battle against this corruption, and a ruthless pursuit of such –albeit somewhat
    selective- the Party is irrelevant is it not? Is it really worth an allocation
    of public funds to the tune of 70 million peso of pork?

    On the topic of student loan programs in the USA
    and in fact the UK where the loan is recovered through employers when the
    graduate starts earning, this has been around for years- Why did Tugna not put
    this idea forward a couple of years ago? It might have saved one life at least, typical
    reactive response, let’s get on the bandwagon-

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