Romulo scores victory for Filipino students with the “Iskolar ng Bayan Law” which he principally sponsored, granting 80,000 college scholarships to the country’s top high school graduates.

MANILA, Philippines – With the passage of Republic Act No. 10648 known as the “Iskolar ng Bayan Law”, around 80,000 of the country’s top-performing high school graduates will be assured of scholarships in one hundred twelve (112) state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country

“We want to ensure that next year’s highest-rated high school graduates will start benefiting from the scholarships,” Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said yesterday.

Sponsored by Romulo, the measure installs the Iskolar ng Bayan Program, under which the top 10 graduates of every public high school will be entitled to automatic admission to the state college or university of his or her choice within his or her province, without having to pay for first-year tuition and miscellaneous fees.

Public high schools with more than 1,000 graduates would enjoy one additional college scholarship slot for every 500 graduates, to be granted to graduates whose ranks immediately follow the top 10.

“We have around 8,000 public high schools nationwide, so we expect more than 80,000 graduates every year to benefit from the program,” Romulo said.

He said after the first-year college scholarship under the program, the student beneficiary would be covered by financial assistance from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), if qualified.

He said our state colleges and universities have a total of P3.5 billion available for scholarships in the P2.6-trillion 2015 national budget.

“This is on top of the CHED’s P2.2-billion allotment for student financial aid,” he added.