CEBU, Philippines – Nacionalist People’s Coalition’s Sherwin Gatchalian vows to continue his advocacy for free education should he win as senator.

Speaking during the launch of “Win Visayas Volunteers Movement,” Gatchalian said he will continue to fight for free education in state universities and colleges.

He announced that the House committee on higher and technical education has already approved his bill at the committee level.

House Bill 5905 or the “Free Higher Education Act” seeks to fully subsidize tuition fees in all state universities and colleges.

“We only need about P1.5 billion budget to implement this. But since we are running out of time, if elected a senator, I will have to file the same bill at the Senate,” Gatchalian said yesterday.

Gatchalian said his proposed bill is expected to benefit at least two million students in more than 100 state universities and colleges in the country.

Yesterday, Gatchalian led the blessing of his volunteer’s headquarters at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Lahug.

Presidential bet Grace Poe graced the event yesterday and endorsed Gatchalian whom she described as “very capable, efficient and very hardworking.”

“We need people like Win at the Senate. Kung ako ang mananalo bilang Pangulo ng ating bansa, si Win ay malaking tulong talaga. Ang mga taong tulad ni Win ang dapat nating iboto,” Poe said.