Ched-Davao Region: All major colleges, universities to hike tuition

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

THE Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in Davao region announced Tuesday that all major colleges and universities in Davao City have petitioned to increase their tuition for school year 2012-2013.

Based on the list of all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that applied for tuition hike 24 HEIs from Davao City have filed their petition as of February 27, except for the Davao Medical School Foundation (DMSF) that only offers medical and allied medical courses.

Among these major HEIs are Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU); Brokenshire College (BC); Davao Doctor's College (DDC); Holy Cross Davao College (HCDC); MATS College of Technology; Joji Ilagan Career Center Foundation (JIB); Mindanao Medical Foundation College (MMFC); Philippine Women's College (PWC); STI-Mindanao College; University of Mindanao (UM); and University of Immaculate Conception (UIC); among others.


Cesar A. Adegue IV, education supervisor of Ched-Davao Region, in an interview last week told Sun.Star Davao, said Ched cannot yet disclose the specific rates that these schools have asked to implement.

Adegue said one of the core prerequisite before any school can hike their school fees is to hold a consultation among their stakeholders which would include representatives of the student council, alumni, and faculty.

"Katong mga wala nakahimo ug consultation, dili jud 'to sila pwede makapa-increase sa ilang tuition (Those schools that have not conducted a consultation cannot increase their tuition)," Adegue said.

The list of the remaining schools from Davao City that have petitioned to hike their school fees are the following: ACLC College; Agro Industrial Foundation College; Davao Central College; DMMA College of Southern Philippines; Ford Academy of the Arts; General Baptist Bible College; Holy Cross College of Calinan; Holy Cross of Sasa College; Philippine College of Technology; Samson Polytechnic College of Davao; St. Peter's College of Toril; and St. Francis Xavier College Seminary.

Ched also announced that of the 93 HEIs across Davao Region, 41 HEIs have applied for tuition increase which translates to a total of 44 percent: two from Island Garden City of Samal; three from the province of Davao del Sur; three from Digos City; one from Panabo City; four from Tagum City; two from Davao Oriental; and two from Compostela Valley Province.

Ched announced that more than 300 universities and colleges all over the country have petitioned for a tuition hike.

In 2011, 324 HEIs or 14.34 percent of the 2,247 colleges and universities nationwide have increased their school fees with a national increase rate average of 10.62 percent.

Based on Data from Ched national, at least 80 percent of HEIs across the country are privately-owned.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 07, 2012.

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