By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill that would exempt qualified indigent Filipinos from paying professional licensure examination fees.
Lapid cited that Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, gives a chance to the youth to acquire a better future by obtaining a college degree for free.
However, Lapid added that graduates need to pay fees to take professional licensure examinations.
“The fees range from P500 for civil service eligibility examinations with the Civil Service Commission to P600 for non-baccalaureate degree examinations with the Professional Regulatory Commission to P10,000 for the bar examinations,” he said.
Lapid furthered that in many instances, graduates opt to delay taking the examinations to be able to save up, which in turn diminishes the momentum they gained from the academe, making it more difficult for them to pass.
“Malaking bagay po sa pamilyang Filipino na magkaroon ng professional sa kanilang hanay. Hindi lamang po ito pinagmumulan ng karagdagang kabuhayan para sa kanila, ito ay nagbibigay karangalan at pag-asa sa kanila para sa lalong mabuting kinabukasan,” Lapid said.
Lapid’s bill would exempt an examinee from the examination fee. He/she shall secure a certification from the Department of Social Welfare and Development that he/she is a qualified indigent. (ai/mtvn)