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Legarda hails passage of UniFAST Law

October 27, 2015

MANILA (PNA)–Senator Loren Legarda on Monday hailed the passage of the Unified Student Financial Assistance Sys-tem for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Law or Repub-lic Act No. 10687, which was signed by President Benigno Aquino last October 15.

Legarda, one of the authors of the UniFAST Law, explained that the measure was crafted in order to expand and ratio-nalize the government’s scholarship program and to ensure that Filipino stu-dents, especially those belonging to indigent families, are fully supported throughout their studies.

“I am glad that this significant measure has finally been enacted as it is seen to have a huge impact on the Filipino youth by providing our poor but deserving students equal access to quality tertiary education through grant-in-aids, scholarships and stu-dent loans,” Legarda said.

She stressed that the measure will open the pathways of opportunities for career and academic progression of Filipino students, equipping them with the necessary skills for future employment.

“We hope that through this law, Filipino youth who belong to poor households will have a better chance at improving their families’ financial standing,” Le-garda said.

“At the same time, the country will be able to pro-duce a pool of highly qua-lified graduates and tech-nical experts who will contribute to the country’s high-level manpower through merit and talent-based scholarship,” she added.

Senator Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara, principal author of the law in the Senate, recently thanked President Aquino for inclu-ding the bill in the priority measures of the administration.

Source: Mindanao Daily Mirror