58 city schools allowed to hike fees by 10%

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


FIFTY-EIGHT elementary and secondary schools in Davao City have been allowed to impose an average of 10 percent increase in tuition and other fees for school year 2014-2015.

These private-run institutions are part of the 550 schools that filed its application for tuition hike. Of this figure, the regional office of the Department of Education (Deped) approved 107 applications, or only 19 percent.

Jenelito "Dodong" Atillo, Deped 11 spokesperson, said the agency approved applications by 28 out of 200 secondary schools, 22 out of 350 elementary schools and 57 schools with petitions for both elementary and secondary levels.

"Ang average increase approved by Deped is only 10 percent," Atillo said.

Based on the data provided by Atillo, some of the schools in Davao City with approved tuition hike are Ateneo de Davao University, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of Mindanao, St. Peter's College of Toril, Assumption College of Davao, Stella Maris Academy of Davao, Holy Cross of Davao College and Philippine Nikkie Jin Kai International School.

Others are from the Island Garden City of Samal with two (Assumption Academy of Peñaplata and Holy Cross of Babak) and Digos City with three (Rhema King's Kid Academy, Holy Cross Academy of Digos and Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur).

Davao del Sur has 13 (Holy Cross of Magsaysay, St. Mary's College of Bansalan, St. Michael's School of Padada, Holy Cross of Hagonoy, Holy Cross of Magsaysay, Holy Cross of Malita, Holy Cross of Matanao, Holy Cross of Sta. Maria, Nazareth High School of Padada, St. Michael's School of Padada, Southeastern College, Southern Phil. Adventist College, and St. Mary's College of Bansalan).

There are two schools from Panabo City (Maryknoll High School of Panabo and Northern Paramedical and Technological College of Panabo) and Davao del Norte has five (Maryknoll High School of Asuncion, Maryknoll HS of New Corella, Maryknoll HS of Maniki, Maryknoll HS of Sto. Tomas, and Kapalong College of Technology).

In Tagum City, there are six (Letran de Davao, San Lorenzo Ruiz Academy of Tagum, St. Mary's Academy of Tagum, Tagum SDA Elementary School, Arriesgado College Foundation and St. Mary's College of Tagum).

In Mati City, the schools that are allowed to increase tuition are Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and Sun Beam Christian School of Mati.

Davao Oriental has seven (Maryknoll School of Lupon, Maryknoll Academy of Cateel, St. Mary's Academy of Caraga, St. Mary's College, Maryknoll HS of Sigaboy, Maryknoll School of Lambajon, and Maryknoll School of Manay).

Meanwhile, there are nine from Compostela Valley (Assumption Academy of Compostela, Assumption Academy of Mawab, Assumption College of Nabunturan, Institution of Northern Davao, St. Vincent Academy of Maragusan, Thompson Christian School-Masara Br., Assumption Academy of Monkayo, CorJesu HS of Mabini, and Thompson Christian School in Maco).

The documents required by the DepEd were financial statement showing the financial status of the applicant school and copy of the latest income return, filed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Atillo said consultations with the duly organized student body and parents and teachers associations with their signatures in a general assembly were also part of the requirements.

He said 70 percent of the tuition increases collected in each school will go to the salaries and benefits of human resources (teaching and non-teaching personnel), 20 percent go to upgrading of school facilities, and 10 percent go to the owners as return of investments.

Last school year, DepEd approved tuition and other fees increase application of 174 private elementary and secondary schools in the region.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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