/ 23 March 2023

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go is confident that more Filipino students will have access to quality education as the Senate approved on third and final reading the Student Loan Payment Moratorium During Disasters and Emergencies Act.

The measure, which Go co-sponsored and co-authored, aims to protect and promote the right of all citizens to accessible quality education.

The proposed act will provide moratorium on the enforcement of payment of all fees, charges, and costs relating to student loan programs for Higher Education and Technical-Vocational Education and Training.

It shall authorize the deferral of student loan collection for a reasonable period during and after disasters and other emergencies.

“Umpisa pa lang ng krisis, talagang maraming apektado lalo na sa mga estudyante at teachers. Considering that a large portion of Filipino youths are unable to access proper education, makakatulong po sa ating mga kabataan at kanilang mga pamilya na mabigyan sila ng palugit sa pagbayad ng student loans. Hangga’t maaari bawasan na natin ang iniisip nila,” Go said.

“Alam naman po natin na education is an investment in one’s future. For this reason, a student loan program allows students to invest in themselves by pursuing higher education. By obtaining a degree, students can increase their earning potential and improve their job prospects,” he added.