Mr. President, dear colleagues, it is with great honour and privilege that I stand to sponsor Senate Bill No. 1597 or the Student Fare Discount Act, Alongside my hardworking seatmate, Sen. Sonny Angara.
With the passage of the Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act", education is now accessible from kindergarten to tertiary level.
However, in spite of the implementation of the tuition fee, many of today's youth are still unable to finish school due to expense associated with attending classes in schools, such as transportation costs and increasing prices of basic neccesities.
The Student Fare Discount Act seeks to minimize the burden of other incidental education-related expenditures that our students have to hurdle on a daily basis--by institutionalizing student fare discounts.
All children deserves access to the tools necessary for a good education. In the same vein that we provide relief to our senior citizens and PWDs, the fare discount to students will afford both students and their parents the assistance and encouragement to believe that education is the primordial goal of the government and as such, a learning environment that best meets his or her needs will always find support in our present system.
Thank you Mr. President.
Source: Senate of the Philippines