President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2014 or Republic Act 10648 that will provide scholarships to top ten high school graduates of every public schools throughout the country. This law is expected to produce 80,000 college scholars every year.
This law is most important in time that PDAF, which supports scholarship programs of lawmakers, has been abolished.
State universities and colleges, except University of the Philippines, will be mandated to automatically provide scholarships to any student belonging to top 10 of his or her class. “So no SUC can deny any student the benefits under this measure as long as they belong to the top 10 of their graduating class,” Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said.
If a government high school exceeds 500 graduates, the school will be entitled to one more scholarship slot for every additional 500 graduates.
“Today, we have moved one step closer towards our goal of providing all Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor, free access to quality education that will serve as their tool to fight off poverty and unemployment,” the gentleman senator said.
“This is good news to Filipino families who are having difficulties sending their children to college. This is a milestone legislation,” he added.
Each scholar will also receive approximately PhP20,000.
“With the Iskolar ng Bayan Act in place, we can make sure that the people’s money is used solely for the benefit of Filipino families, not to enrich plundering officials. This is a perfect example of an efficient action from government that is free from corruption,” Cayetano added.