Senate to pass 4 bills on education

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


THE Senate is set to approve four bills that will increase and democratize access to education despite the absence of three senators charged on the pork barrel scam, Senator Franklin Drilon said Monday.

During the Upper House session in Iloilo City, Drilon said the Senate will pass on third and final reading Senate Bill Nos. (SBNs) 2274, 2272, 2212, and 2275.

SBN 2274 seeks to expand access to education through open learning and distance education in tertiary levels of education.

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SBN 2272 aims to strengthen the ladderized interface between technical-vocational education and training and higher education.

SBN 2212 will promote entrepreneurship and financial education among the Filipino youth, while SBN 2275 or the proposed Iskolar ng Bayan Act mandates all state colleges and universities to annually confer automatic admission and provide scholarship grants to the top 10 public high school students of their graduating class.

Drilon added that the Senate will also prioritize the passage of bills already in the advanced stages of deliberations such as the Barangay Officials Welfare Act, Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Apprenticeship Training Act, Reduction through Social Entrepreneurship Act, and the Open High School System Act, among others.

The Senate is also set to start plenary debates on the Competition bill and Senate Joint Resolution 2 and SBN 480, which aim to increase the subsistence and quarterly allowances of military and police personnel.

The Senate will also work to extend Philhealth coverage to senior citizens and increase the tax exemption ceiling of the 13th month pay for Christmas bonuses and other benefits for public workers from P30,000 to P75,000 so that workers can go home during the holidays without having to worry about decreases in their bonuses.

Drilon said the Senate will immediately act on the Bangsamoro Basic Law as soon as the draft version of the law is submitted to Congress.

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