MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Aug. 12 (PIA)  --  Las Piñas Lone District Representative Mark Villar will push for a House Bill he authored which seeks to provide students willing to finish college courses but short on academic scholarship requirements.

Villar, who was in the city as keynote speaker for the 15th Charter Day rites August 10, told local newsmen in a press conference at Kinamot sa Abgao that his bill will not necessarily require maintaining a high rating average unlike in mainstream scholarship qualifications, but will be contented with a simple passing grade, at least no failures.

And the other good thing is that he wanted this house measure enacted within the present administration of President Benigno S, Aquino III.

“Pipilitin po natin i-push yan within this administration,” the Las Pinas lawmaker said when pressed how soon his initiative can possibly see the light of day.

As to the specifics on mechanics, Villar said he will leave it to the higher education department to thresh this out but as to the extent of financial assistance this will depend on particular needs of deserving students.

In his speech at the city gym for the anniversary program, Villar mentioned this kind of scholarship program to the wild, approving cheers of the jam-packed audience who were mostly students.

Later in a text message, he disclosed that “House bill 4591 providing for a comprehensive and unified student financial assistance system for higher and technical education, rationalizing access thereto, and approving funds (also known as UNIfast) was already approved by both Houses” in Congress.

As of now the proposed law is “awaiting signature of President Aquino,” the text message added.  (ajc/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)