Senator Raffy Tulfo has filed a bill seeking to promote access to quality legal education by providing free tuition and other school fees to deserving students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).
In filing Senate Bill (SB) 1610, Tulfo also sought to increase the shortage of workforce in the legal profession by requiring scholars to render mandatory return service for two years in the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) or any government agency lacking lawyers. 카지노사이트
“One of the reasons for lack of access to justice in the Philippines is the shortage of practicing lawyers,” the explanatory note of the bill read.
As such, SB 1610 seeks to contribute to access to justice of the marginalized sectors.
At present, there is a ratio of one lawyer serving roughly 2,500 people, which is very far from the ideal proportion of one lawyer for every 250 persons.
While Congress already enacted the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017” which provided free tertiary education to bona fide students in SUCs, Tulfo noted that law students are ineligible to avail the free tertiary education under said law as they are already bachelor’s degree holders.
Many law students, especially those coming from poor families, cannot afford to become a lawyer considering that it costs around P75,000.00 – P98,000.00 per semester to study law in top private legal educational institutions. 안전한카지노사이트
Moreover, tuition fees in state universities range from P24,000 to P30,000.00, excluding all the living expenses and other necessities.
Under SB 1610, the Free Legal Education Program shall cover the tuition fees at the rate approved by the SUC governing board, as well as government-mandated bar examination and licensure fees and other school fees including but not limited to library fees and fees for prescribed books.
All SUCs with a law program shall be qualified to implement this Act insofar as beneficial to their bona fide law students.