Free access to education a basic right–Tolentino

August 24, 2023 PS Jun M. Sarmiento 119 views

SEN. Francis Tolentino on Thursday maintained that free access to education is a basic human right for all Filipinos and that the lack of national government funds should not hinder the youth to access opportunities.

In an interview with ANC’s Headstart, Tolentino, who is also chairman of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, disagreed with the pronouncement of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno to scrap Republic Act 10931 or the free college education law.

Diokno claimed the program is “unsustainable.” Sen. Tolentino stressed that “there is a constitutional provision that free access to education should always be maintained.”

“I am for free access to education, and I am for more opportunities for our youth,” the senator added.

Tolentino maintained the value of giving free access to education to our youth of today, saying this is how we can help our poor fellow Filipino cope with the present challenges.

Education, Tolentino explained, must be given importance and the government must find a way to pursue all means to help the Filipino youth in achieving their dreams.