During his interpellation, MP Antonio Tinio, MP from the ACT Teachers Party und Act Teachers, said that the return service requirement had no legal basis. “The Free Higher Quality Education Act recognizes that higher education is a right and should not require a return service from students,” Tinio said. According to ched Officer-in-Lot Prospero de Vera III, it is up to the public universities, not CHED, to decide on the implementation of a repatriation program for the beneficiaries of RA 10931. De Vera also said that SUVs and LUCs have the power to implement these programs without the provision in question. “Return programs will help train our students to become more responsible citizens and prepare them to become fully integrated and productive members of society,” he said. “Nire-rehistro ko on the record na walang legal na batayan ang pagpasok ng CHED sa IRR ng free higher education return service requirement (I noted that CHED has no legal basis to include the return service requirement in the IRR),” Tinio said. According to an online post published in March, Ched Officer J. Prospero de Vera III said that now that they are scholars in government, it is right that they return the money or favors to the public in the form of a service. Senator Win Gatchalian invited universities and public and local universities (SUVs and LUCs) to develop Useful Return Service Agreements (RSA) that would instill discipline in students and help them contribute to nation-building. “Universities can implement a return service. It is part of the powers of all universities. If a university wants to develop a return service, no one can stop it,” De Vera Rappler said on the sidelines of the ched budget briefing in the Senate on Thursday, September 20. “We are not recommending the inclusion of a return agreement because we lack opportunities and domestic jobs in our country,” said Mark Vincent Lim, spokesman for the National Union of Students of the Philippines.
“Ayaw mo mag-Return of Service, eh di magbayad ka ng teaching, this is the provision of the law (if you don`t want to make the return of the service, then pay the tuition fees, this is the provision of the law),” de Vera said. . . .