BACOOR CITY, Cavite: Cavite Second District Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla is now pushing the public-private partnerships in education to help more poor and underprivileged students gain access to good quality learning institutions. While the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (RA 10931) underscores the inalienable right of all Filipinos to quality education, getting into good schools continues to be a challenge for many Filipinos. House Bill 2150, an act expanding the coverage of the tertiary education subsidy and authored by Mercado-Revilla, requires the services of private higher education institutions and technical vocational institutions through a voucher system. The system will help indigent and academically competent students gain access to private schools. "The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act emphasizes the complementary roles of public and private learning institutions. HB 2150 recognizes the critical role of private learning institutions in preparing our youth for a better future and promotes public-private partnerships in the field of education," Mercado-Revilla said. By expanding the coverage of the Tertiary Education Subsidy through a voucher system, qualified indigent students are given opportunities to attend schools aligned with their needs and career objectives. Public-private partnerships may also be utilized to address the shortage of classrooms in the country, Mercado-Revilla added.

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