A BILL providing full college scholarship to one member per low-income Filipino family was filed in the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 2495 or the Bawat Pamilya May College Gradweyt Act amends Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act to ensure that at least one member of every eligible family will get assistance to complete college education. 

“We know that it will be easier for families to rise from poverty if there is at least one college graduate in the family,” said Senator Francis “Kiko” N. Pangilinan, the primary author of the bill, in Filipino.

The proposed measure prioritizes first-generation college students, students who are part of families included in the Social Welfare department’s data bank of about 5.2 million poor households, and those from low-income households.

Under the proposed law, program beneficiaries will receive full tuition and other school fees, subsidies, and allowances. 

Implementation will be led by the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary education board.

Funds for the measure will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan