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SOGOD, Southern Leyte, Feb. 10 (PIA) -- The much touted free education next school year for state universities and colleges (SUC) would have to wait for more time until clear guidelines are set.

  Officials of the Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) made this clear during the second Kapihan sa SLSU held here last week.   “We have not yet received guidelines on no tuition fees,” said Dr. Cecilia Arong, Vice-President for Academic Affairs.   The school, she said, had collected data on the financial status of their students, but this was already forwarded to Senator Bam Aquino, chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, who sought the information.   She said she advised many students who were able to secure certificates of indigency from their respective barangay officials to just keep them and produce it at some later time when needed.   SLSU President Ivy Prose Yepes affirmed the statement of Dr. Arong, saying that what they had gathered was for the consumption of Sen. Aquino and not a prelude for implementation.   “This program is called free public higher education, and this is not for SLSU alone but for state universities and colleges all over the country,” Yepes said.   But for now Yepes cautioned that there was no clear guidelines yet, so she could not be certain if this initiative will take effect in time for classes’ opening in June, for the school year 2017-2018. (ajc/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)