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Senate approves bill banning ‘no permit, no exam’ policy

VOTING 22-0-0, senators on Monday passed on third and final reading 17 measures including the bill prohibiting the imposition of the “no permit, no exam” policy.

SB 1359 or the proposed “No Permit, No Exam Prohibition Act” disallows private and public schools from barring students from taking examinations due to unpaid tuition and other school fees.

The measure also forbids schools from compelling students and their parents or legal guardians to pay a portion of the outstanding financial obligation.

Instead, schools are encouraged to enforce other interventions such as withholding the release of diplomas or certificates, denying admission or enrolment in the succeeding school year or semester, refusing the issuance of applicable clearances, and pursuing the settlement of outstanding financial or property obligations through appropriate legal action.

The Senate also approved Senate Bill (SB) 1864 which seeks to allow a moratorium on the payment of student loans during disasters and other emergencies.

Among the bills approved were SB 1841 which will strengthen the conservation and protection of national cultural heritage, SB 1594 which institutionalizes the “one town, one product” program, and 12 local bills seeking the renaming of elementary and high schools.

The Senate also passed House Bill 4635, or the extension of full-time service of the President of Adiong Memorial State College in Lanao del Sur from three years to four years, in accordance with Republic Act 8292 or the Higher Education Modernization Act. — Bernadette E. Tamayo

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