7 more colleges to hike fees: Ched

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A LEAST seven more schools in Davao City are set to increase their tuition this school year, bringing to 39 the total number of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region.

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in Davao Region has approved the petitions for tuition increase.

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As of June 7, 39 out of 89 HEIs were okayed by Ched-Davao Region to increase their rates for school year 2010 to 2011, Ched-Davao Education Supervisor Nelia Alibin said.

Alibin said the seven additional schools are Davao Central College, Holy Cross College of Calinan, Mindanao Medical Foundation College, Philippine Women's College, San Pedro College, STI College of Davao, and Davao Medical School Foundation.

Philippine College of Technology posted the highest tuition increase rate with 14.71 percent. Per unit rate is now P234 from P204 in school year 2009-2010.

Holy Cross College of Davao will implement a 12 percent increase from P325.79 in 2009-2010 to P364.89 per unit for 2010-2011. This applies to both branches of HCDC -- Sta. Avenue campus, and Babak campus.

Mats College of Technology will also increase its tuition by 12 percent or from P276.06 to P309.18, while the Mindanao Medical Foundation College will increase rate by 10.07 percent or from P402 to P442.48.

Holy Cross College of Calinan increased its tuition by 10.04 percent, which is from P295.43 per unit to P325.09.

The University of Immaculate Conception (UIC) indicated a 10 percent increase or from 583.23 per unit to P641.55.

San Pedro College and Davao Central College will both implement a 10 percent increase.

Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation Inc. applied for a 9.99 percent increase, hiking it's per unit fee from P456.85 to P502.50. University of Mindanao also increased by 9.75 percent, from P302.5 per unit to P331.99.

Tecarro College Foundation Inc. increased by 8.07 percent, from P367.35 per unit to P397, while Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines in Matina increased by eight percent, from P261.36 per unit to P282.26.

Philippine Women's College of Davao implemented a 5.45 percent increase or from P550 to P580 while Davao Medical School Foundation will implement an increase of 5.13 percent or from P556.43 to P585.

Ateneo de Davao University (Addu) will implement a six percent increase, from P774.70 per unit to P821.20.

STI College of Davao will increase by a rate of 1.05 percent, from P475 to P480 per unit.

Addu, highest rate

In an interview earlier, Ched-Davao education supervisor Luis Perez said "it is understandable" that more schools applied for tuition fee increase for SY 2010-2010, as there was a memorandum prohibiting tuition fee increases for SY 2009-2010.

"When (Ched) secretary Emmanuel Y. Angeles assumed office he issued a memorandum na bawal mag increase ng tuition rate ang school for the school year 2009 to 2010 so it's understandable that maraming nagincrease ngayon," Perez said.

"No. These applications underwent supervision from Ched and it was justified why they have to increase," Perez said.

Perez said majority of the tuition increase, as told by the HEIs to Ched, will go to salary increases of the teachers, facilities of schools, and maintenance.

7 more colleges hike fees ched

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