Harvadian Colleges faces closure

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga’s only and oldest law school Harvadian Colleges is facing closure after the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) found its administration’s non-compliance to requirements and standards mandated by the agency.

Officials of Ched led by regional director Dr. Virginia Akiate told Sun.Star Pampanga that Harvadian Colleges, with campuses at Arellano Street in Barangay Lourdes, this city, will be ordered closed in a month’s time after a review of the commission en banc.

“We have been monitoring Harvardian Colleges and have issued seven warnings on its non-compliance to Ched requirements and standards. In a month’s time, we will be implementing the closure order from the commission en banc following instructions from our Secretary Patricia Licuanan to close down all non-performing schools in the country,” Akiate said.


Akiate revealed that since 2010, they have asked Dr. Manuel Tagle, Harvadian’s administrator, to comply with Ched requirements on facilities, faculty, instruction and educational and fiscal programs.

“But they have not complied and did nothing despite our efforts to help them and get that fresh look. For a while, they rented and occupied the bleachers at the Pampanga Sports Complex until they were forced to return to their original campus, which was refurbished. In the course of our inspection, however, we found out the library was dilapidated, rooms had no doors and surprisingly, there were no students around,” she said.

Akiate added it seemed “perplexing” that the enrollment at its graduate school of around 1,000 is bigger than in the undergraduate program.

Aside from law, the college now offers baccalaureate degrees in Education, Commerce, Arts, as well as Nursery, Kindergarten and Preparatory.

PAMPANGA. Harvardian Colleges at Barangay Lourdes is facing closure for non-compliance to Ched requirements. (Jovi T. De Leon)

“We have also noticed that the receipts they issue their students are not official. Even our legal counsel has inspected the college and found out the same issues,” Akiate said.

‘Internal problems’ and possible solutions

Akiate believed the problems Harvadian Colleges is encountering is due to some “internal constraints.”

“Allegedly, the owners of the college - the Yaps - had long wanted it be closed but Dr. Tagle did not honor it. Even then, it has a long history of non-compliance because such closure issues started way back in 2005.

Then in 2009, Dr. Angeles also issued a closure order but the then administrator, Dr. Francisco, also refused, which resulted to the Yaps’ filing a case against him at the Ombudsman,” she said.

She said the problems of Harvardian Colleges could be best resolved if Tagle, who is reportedly a relative of the Yaps, would come to terms.

“What we are doing at Ched is phasing out their programs gradually. We are helping them but because of their continued non-compliance, we cannot do anything but close the college down,” she said.

Akiate shared the best possible solution to preserve the history and name of the school, which was home to several prominent Kapampangan lawyers, is to start at “zero”.

“They would have to re-apply and go back to zero. This was also the advice of Dr. Francisco to them then. After the gradual phase-out, all programs will have to be renewed. It’s the best option they have,” Akiate said.

Sun.Star Pampanga tried to reach Tagle but the guard at the school said he was not available for comments. (Jovi T. De Leon)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 26, 2011.

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