NO COLLEGES and universities in Davao Region have increased their tuition and other fees because the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) Central Office has not yet approved their application for a tuition increase.
“We’re waiting sa Central Office’s approval,” Christopher Pio Pulido, Education Supervisor II of Ched-Davao said during an interview at their office on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
Among the 96 colleges and universities in the region, only 34 have applied for tuition fee increase, and among the 34, 22 are located in Davao City.
The colleges and universities in Davao City that have applied for tuition fee increase are the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines, Asian International School of Aeronautics and Technology, Assumption College of Davao, Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire College, Davao Doctors College, Davao Medical School Foundation College, DMMA College of Southern Philippines, Gabriel Taborin College of Davao Foundation, Holy Child College of Davao, Holy Cross College of Calinan and Sasa, Holy Cross of Davao College, Interface Computer College, Philippine College of Technology, Philippine Women’s College of Davao, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Saint Peter’s College of Toril, San Pedro College, Tecarro College Foundation, University of Mindanao, and the University of the Immaculate Conception.
Other colleges and universities in the region that applied for tuition hike are Arriesgado College Foundation, North Davao Colleges-Panabo, North Davao College-Tagum Foundation, Tagum City College of Science and Technology all in Davao del Norte; Cor Jesu College, Polytechnic College of Davao del Sur, Serapion C. Basalo Memorial Foundation College, Southeastern College of Padada, Southern Philippine Adventist College, and St. Mary’s College of Bansalan, Inc in Davao del Sur; Assumption College of Nabunturan in Compostela Valley; and St. Mary’s College-Baganga in Davao Oriental.
Pulido said the ideal rate of tuition fee increase should not go beyond the region’s inflation rate, which is at the moment is 5.6 percent in Davao Reigon.
“Pero merong ibang schools, I think lima sila, which want to increase beyond it because of some factors, like they have unions,” he said, adding that schools can actually go beyond the ideal rate of increase as long as they have a proper consultation with the students.
He also said that the 5.6 percent ideal rate of increase that the Ched is suggesting is only to temper the schools from increasing so much and so that there would be a basis on how much is the justifiable increase based on the inflation rate, because that’s the interest of the general public.
“Kasi kung tutuusin, a school can really increase any rate they want as long as merong consultation, because that’s based in the existing laws of our land,” he said, adding that the 5.6 percent is actually higher than the previous year.
Pulido, however, said that the commission understands the schools, especially the big ones, who do not follow the Ched’s suggested ideal rate of increase since they also have to satisfy their unions and their collective bargaining agreements.