DAGUPAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) — Philippine schools offering English subjects remain a top attraction for foreigners wanting to study the universal language, according to the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Commissioner Ricardo David said more foreign nationals go to the Philippines to study courses in English as cost of education here is cheaper compared to other English–speaking nations.
“Bukod sa magaling ang mga Pilipino sa English, mura pa ang tuition (fees) dito. (Aside from the fact that Filipinos are good in English, tuition fees here are cheaper),” David said during his visit to the immigration office in Pangasinan Friday.
He said the country is also one of the best among the ASEAN nations in English language communication.
Among the big numbers of nationals who come to the country to study are Koreans and Chinese, he said.
Filipino-Americans or the “balikbayans (home returnees)” still are the biggest number of tourists flocking the country.
David said the Bureau of Immigration, together with the Departments of Tourism and Foreign Affairs are planning to issue visa-free policies for a number of citizens to raise the number of tourists, subject however, to rules and regulations. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)