Raffy Tulfo Pushing A Measure That Will Provide Free Tuition For Law Students
RAFFY TULFO – Sen. Raffy Tulfo is advocating for legislation that would grant free tuition to anybody wishing to pursue a law education.
Broadcaster-turned-politician Raffy Tulfo sought a seat in the Philippine senate in the 2022 election and won placing third overall with 25 million votes. The 62-year-old politician now serves as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Senate Committee on Migrant Workers.
Based on a report from Philstar, Tulfo is pushing a policy that will offer free tuition to people who will pursue legal education due to the ratio of one lawyer to 2,500 people.
Raffy Tulfo introduced Senate Bill 1610, which would waive tuition and other expenses at state universities and colleges (SUCs) in order to increase access to high-quality legal education. He pointed out that the proposal aims to increase the legal profession’s workforce while ensuring that law students have access to legal education in SUCs.
“At present, there are only around 40,000 attorneys comprising the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – even fewer are practicing lawyers. That translates to one lawyer serving roughly 2,500 people, very far from the ideal ratio of one lawyer for every 250 persons…”
“One of the reasons for the lack of access to justice in the Philippines is the shortage of practicing lawyers,” he added.
According to Raffy Tulfo, tuition at top private legal schools ranges from P75,000 to P98,000 per semester, while at public colleges it is between P24,000 and P30,000, excluding living expenses and other necessities.
A sustained human resource deployment in the public sector, which is essential for the country’s justice system, will be made possible by the necessity to perform return service in the public sector, he added.
According to the 1987 Constitution, the state must take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality education, as well as safeguard and promote such rights for all residents.
Republic Act No. 10931, also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017, was passed by Congress with this goal in mind. It guarantees free tertiary education to all legitimate students enrolled at SUCs, regardless of the program or course they are taking.
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