31 schools in Davao to increase tuition

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Thursday, May 26, 2011


DAVAO CITY -- Thirty-one higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Davao Region are set to increase their tuition by as much as 20 percent for the school year 2011-2012.

The Southern Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary Inc. in Talomo, this city topped the list with 20 percent increase, followed by Brokenshire College and Rizal Memorial Colleges, both with 15 percent increase.

Of the 91 HEIs in the region, 37 had applied with the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) for tuition increase, but only 31 were granted approval.

Dr. Nelia Alibin, Ched-Davao education supervisor, said the HEIs in the region were given until February 28 to file their application for tuition increase.

"Walang state universities dito ang mag-increase ng tuition and (the increase) has been approved after a multi-sectoral consultation. We asked specific requirements from these schools, kaya yung iba hindi na-approve because they were not able to comply," Alibin said.

Of the 31 schools allowed to increase tuition, 18 of which are in Davao City. These schools are the following:

* Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines, 10 percent from 282.26 per unit to P310.48;

* Ateneo De Davao University, six percent from P821.20 to P870.45;

* Brokenshire College (College of Nursing), 15 percent from P543.41 to P642.92;

* Davao Doctors College, 5.15 percent from P617.20 to P649;

* Davao Medical School Foundation, three percent P585 to P602;

* Davao Merchant Marine Academy of Southern Philippines, 10 percent from P299.35 to P329.29;

* Holy Cross Academy of Sasa Inc., 10 percent from P275 to P302.50;

* Holy Cross College of Calinan, 10 percent from P325.09 to P357.60;

* Holy Cross of Davao College, 9.995 percent from P364.89 to P401.35;

* Holy Cross of Davao College-Babak, 9.995 percent from P364.89 to P401.35;

* John Paul II College of Davao, 10 percent P278.30 to P306.13;

* Jose Maria College, five percent from P270.25 to P283.76;

* Philippine Women's College of Davao, seven percent from P580 to P620.60;

* Rizal Memorial Colleges, 15 percent from P315.90 to P363.29;

* San Pedro College, three percent from P578.60 to P595.96;

* Southern Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary Inc., 20 percent from P150 to P180;

* UM Guianga College, 8.80 percent from P268.89 to P292.50;

* University of Mindanao, 8.40 percent from P331.99 to P360.

Alibin said Ched approved the application for tuition increase of these schools as "they have the autonomy to identify the need for the increase."

"We respect the school's board... Hindi kami nag-seset ng ceiling," she said.

She also said that in approving application for tuition increase, they have been following the Ched Memorandum Order (CMO) 13 series of 1998, rather than the revised CMO 14 series of 2005, which HEIs abhor.

While laudable in its inclusion of other school fees, CMO 14 introduces the concept of pegging tuition and other fee increases to the prevailing national inflation rate.

CMO 13, on the other hand, requires HEIs seeking for tuition hike to conduct consultation with government and student councils, as well as their faculty, alumni and non-teaching associations.

It also mandates the HEIs to allot 70 percent of the proceeds derived from the tuition hike for the payment of increase in wages, allowances and other benefits of their personnel who stood as their principal stockholders. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2011.

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