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17 Bicol schools to impose tuition hikes

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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Seventeen higher education institutions (HEI) in Bicol region signified intentions to raise tuition fees on school year 2012-2013, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) here confirmed.

Janette Naag, CHED-Bicol supervisor in-charge of tuition fees, said the 17 HEIs were the only ones who submitted “Letter of Intent” as of February 13, the last day of filing LOI.
Among the applicants for tuition fee hikes included:

DB Pena Memorial Colleges Foundation, Oas Community College, Immaculate Concepcion College, all in Albay province, Mariner’s Polytechnic College Foundation in Camarines Sur, Masbate College and Southern Roosevelt College in Masbate, St. Louise de Marillac College, RG de Castor College, Sorsogon College of Criminology in Sorsogon, the Mariner’s Polytechnic College Foundation, Divine Word College and Aquinas University in Legaspi City, Ateneo de Naga University, Mariner’s Polytechnic College Foundation, University of Santa Isabel and University of Nueva Ciaceres in Naga City and Catanduanes College.

Naag, however, said the applicant-HEIs have yet to undergo process as required by CHED Memorandum No. 13 series of 1998 which governs the increase of tuition fees by private schools.
The HEIs also must submit certificate of intended compliance as well as certificate of compliance which would show that they complied with the directive regarding the utilization of the tuition hike which mandates that 70 per cent must be allocated for salary increase of its personnel, 20 per cent for improvement of facilities and only 10 per cent shall be retained as return on investment (ROI), Naag said.

The CHED official said there is no limit as to the amount of increase the HEIs may impose as long as all the sectors concerned gave their approval to such hike, she said, adding that the institutions must conduct consultations with the students, parents and other stakeholders.

This is based on the CHJED memo 13 which in return was based on Education Act of 1984, Naag said.
However, only tuition fee is covered by the memorandum while other charges like miscellaneous and other fees are left to the discretion of the school authorities, she clarified.
Naag reminded the HEIs that they must submit proof of the consultation signed by the president of the student council as part of the requirements which must be filed with CHED not later than April 1.

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