Iloilo prepares for community college

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


EVERYTHING is in place and the Iloilo City Government is bracing up for the operation of a new community college opening on 2012, said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

The city also is closing its door for the application of new City Government scholars who are high school graduates going to college for 2011-2012. This year's budget of P5 million for the city scholarship program will go to the operation of the new community college.

Mabilog, however, assured that the scholarship program for Master's courses of qualified City Government employees will go on in the Ateneo de Manila program, as well as in the West Visayas State University and other state colleges and universities in Iloilo.

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He said he asked the 25 City Government Batch 2 master's scholars of Ateneo de Manila to draft a feasibility study on the creation and operation of the city college, and to come up with practical plan to operate the college with minimum expenses.

Mabilog said that for the first year, the college will offer only two four-year courses on bachelor's degree in science. These are BS in Travel Management and Tourism, as well as in Office Management.

The first batch of 100 students selected from 14 city public high schools in Iloilo will be accepted in the community college. The number of courses and students will be increased every year to reach the allowable 700 capacity of the building.

The city mayor said the college term tuition will cost only P100 per unit or more than 50 percent below from the average cost of school units in private schools offering the same courses.

The four-storey building with 16 classrooms costing P25 million was donated and constructed by Injap Corporation. It is expected to be finished by June or July this year. However, the official school opening will be on June 2012 as the city is preparing all the requirements needed by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) to operate a community college.

Regarding the teaching force, Mabilog said he received several offers of P1 per year from retired educators who volunteered to help as college president or dean of classes.

On the other hand, University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Chancellor Minda Formacion also offered the services of some UPV professors as volunteer teachers as part of the university's social responsibility.

Mabilog said that with a tight budget, the plan will also hire teachers and other administrative personnel to fill up the vacant positions in the City Government plantilla. This way, there will be no problem anymore on the remuneration of teachers. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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