Press Release
June 5, 2013

Senate gives graduates freedom to choose review centers

The Senate today approved on third and final reading today was bill which seeks to allow graduates taking professional licensing examinations to enroll in review centers of their choice. Angara, who sponsored House Bill 3546, said it has become a common practice among universities and colleges to dictate the review centers of their graduates who are taking the professional examination.

In some extreme cases, he said, the schools also dictate the airline and transportation facilities as well as the dormitories and lodging houses of the graduating students coming from the provinces.

"It is as if this is now an extension of business of a tourism package where the students, at a very high price, are shepherded to pre-selected review classes," Angara lamented in his sponsorship speech.

Once enacted into law, he said, parents and students will have the autonomy to pick what they consider the best review classes for them.

Meanwhile, the Senate also approved on third and final reading two measures on environmental protection. Passed were House Bill No. 5996, which provides for the retention by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of seventy-five percent of the revenues accruing to the integrated protected areas fund (IPAF), amending for the purpose section 16 of Republic Act No. 7586, otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 and House Bill 897, rationalizing the management of the natural resources in the Camotes Islands, province of Cebu, amending for the purpose Proclamation No. 2152 dated December 29, 1981, which declared the entire province of Palawan and certain parcels of the public domain and/or parts of the country as mangrove swamp forest reserves." (PILAR GINA S. MACROHON, PRIB)

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