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Polistico, Rivera laud ‘no permit, no exam’ prohibition law

Two local officials of General Santos City on Tuesday hailed the newly-signed law prohibiting the “no permit, no exam” policy in all public and private educational institutions.

During its 79th regular session, SK Federation President and SP ex-officio member Elijah Joanne Polistico pushed a resolution supporting Republic Act 11984, or the “No Permit, No Exam” Prohibition Act.

She said the law would relieve disadvantaged students in the city of financial constraints and allow them to focus on their studies despite unpaid dues, while protecting the interest of private schools.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Jane Rivera urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the release of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the said law.

She said the IRR will provide safeguard and a balance between ensuring the students’ education and keeping schools afloat.

“Napakaimportante na mailatag ng tama ang IRR ng DSWD, because, napakalawak ang term na disadvantage dahil kailangan din naman nating protektahan ang mga educational institution,” Rivera stressed.

Under RA 11984, all public and private educational institutions are mandated to accommodate and allow disadvantaged students with unpaid tuition and other school fees to take the periodic and final exams without requiring a permit.

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