Legarda Hails Passage of UniFAST Law

October 26, 2015

Senator Loren Legarda today hailed the passage of the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Law or Republic Act No. 10687, which was signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III last October 15.

Legarda, one of the authors of the UniFAST Law, explained that the measure was crafted in order to expand and rationalize the government’s scholarship program and to ensure that Filipino students, 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 student loans,” Legarda said.

The Senator 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. At the same time, the country will be able to produce a pool of highly qualified graduates and technical experts who will contribute to the country’s high-level manpower through merit and talent-based scholarship,” Legarda concluded.