Ched set to announce Davao schools that hike tuition

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Thursday, May 2, 2013


THE Commission on Higher Education (Ched) in Davao Region is set to announce the official roster of schools with "acknowledged" tuition and other fee hike on May 6.

Raul Alvarez Jr., acting regional director of Ched, told Sun.Star Davao on Thursday that they have already the list of higher education institutions (HEI), but it was not yet final and official as of press time.

Alvarez said they will meet with the Regional Multi-Sectoral Committee on Tuition and Other Fees (RMSCTOSF) today, Friday, and present the data.

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Based on the Ched Memorandum Order No. 3, the RMSCTOSF is established in every region to ensure the monitoring and compliance of schools, colleges and universities is conducted.

It is composed of Ched regional office as the lead agency, with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, National Economic and Development Authority, National Youth Commission, regional Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations representative, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges representative, faculty representative (public & private), Local University and Colleges (LUCs) Association, and regional student organizations.

Meanwhile, Cesar Adegue IV, Ched regional education supervisor, said they have told the HEIs to observe the status quo pending on the application before the commission.

"They have to inform the students about it," Adegue said.

At least 31 out of 92 HEIs in the region signified to increase tuition and other fees for school year 2013-2014. 26 schools applied for increase in tuition and other fees, one for tuition only, and four applied for other fees.

Of the 26 schools that applied for increase in tuition and other fees, 19 are from Davao City, two in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte with four, and one from Compostela Valley province.

In Davao City, the schools that intend to increase tuition and other fees are: Assumption College of Davao, Ateneo de Davao University, Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines, AMA Computer College of Davao, Brokenshire College, Davao Central College, DMMA College of Southern Philippines, Davao Medical School Foundation, Holy Cross of Sasa, Jose Maria College, John Paul II College of Davao, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, Mindanao Medical Foundation College, Philippine Women’s College of Davao, San Pedro College, St. Peter’s College of Toril, STI College of Davao, Tecarro College Foundation, and University of the Immaculate Conception.

Holy Cross College of Calinan applied for increase in tuition fees only, while Holy Cross of Davao College sought for increase in other fees only.

In Davao del Sur, Serapion C. Basalo Memorial Foundation College and South Philippine Adventist College applied for tuition and other fees increase, while Holy Cross of Davao College-Babak sought for other fees increase.

In Davao del Norte, Arriesgado College Foundation, ACLC College of Tagum City, Liceo de Davao, and Kapalong College of Agriculture, Sciences and Technology sought to increase in tuition and other fees, while Aces Polytechnic College of Panabo applied for increase in other fees.

Kolehiyo ng Pantukan in Compostela Valley province also applied for increase in tuition and other fees, while Assumption College of Nabunturan sought for increase only in other fees.

However, Alvarez said not all application of schools that signified for increase was acknowledged by Ched.

He said the total number of HEIs increasing the tuition and/or other fees has changed depending on the result of the consultations and the compliance reports submitted to Ched regional office.

Adegue said they conducted a school-to-school visit on April 17, 18, and 19 to validate the requirements duly submitted by schools.

"Lalo na yung consultation. We interviewed the stakeholders kung may consultation talaga kasi pag may nakapagsabi sa amin na wala, tapos ang usapan. Pero so far, wala namang stakeholders, especially yung mga students, na nag question about sa consultation," Adegue said.

He also clarified that Ched does not “approve” tuition hike, it only “acknowledges.”

Adegue said it is the school administrator, student council, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders who approve tuition and other fees increase during consultation.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 03, 2013.

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