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Senate Bill wishes to exempt graduates from underprivileged families in paying professional licensure examinations fees

Senator Lapid wants license exam fees waived for underprivileged graduates

Senator Lito Lapid authored SB 276 or the Free Professional Examinations Act photo via FB account

Good news to graduates who come from underprivileged families. Senator Lito Lapid has filed a Senate Bill seeking to exempt graduates from these families in paying fees from professional licensure examinations.

Senator Lito Lapid authored SB 276 or the Free Professional Examinations Act photo via FB account
Senator Lito Lapid authored SB 276 or the Free Professional Examinations Act photo via FB account

Under the Senate Bill No. 276, otherwise known the “Free Professional Examinations Act,” licensure exams fees for those graduates whose earning is not sufficient to provide basic needs for their family, as determined by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), are going to be waived.

According to Lapid, if the law will come to fruition, this will absolutely help graduates from poor families to take board exams. Furthermore, this will help them lessen financial as well as mental stress. Thus, they could focus more on taking the exams.

The senator went on saying that while others think the amount may be small, but for those who come from the above-mentioned families — who graduated through scholarships or who studied at State Universities and College in which education is free — this exemption is a huge thing.

The bill is going to cover bar exams conducted by the Supreme Court, exams by the Professional Regulations Commission, as well as eligibility exams by the Civil Service Commission.

It can also be remembered that the senator was the one behind the “Free Legal Assistance Act of 2010,” aiming to make sure that people from underprivileged families may be afforded quality legal service for free.

Apart from this law, Lapid also authored quite a few laws, which include Urban Agriculture and Vertical Farming Act, Meat Labelling Act of 2011, Corporate Social Responsibility Act, Comprehensive Unilateral Hearing Loss Research and Development and Rehabilitation Act, Adopt-A-Wildlife Species Act, and more.

At any rate, the new law the Senate is cooking at the moment could be a big help for a lot of Filipinos across the country, especially those coming from poor families.

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Written by Markus Castro

A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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