CHED allows 31 Davao schools to increase tuition this year
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Some 31 Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) in the Davao Region are set to increase their tuition by as much as 20 percent for this school year.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED)Davao education supervisor Dr. Nelia Alibin said of the 91 HEIs in the region, 37 had applied for tuition fee increase, but only 31 were granted approval.

She added that the CHED did not allow any state university to hike tuition fees.

Alibin said the Southern Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary Inc. in Talomo, this city, topped the list with 20 percent increase; followed by Brokenshire College and Rizal Memorial Colleges, both with 15 percent increase.

She stressed that a multi-sectoral consultation was conducted before the approval of the applications for tuition fee hike.

" We asked specific requirements from these schools, kaya yung iba hindi na-approve (that is why some schools’ application were not approved) because they were not able to comply with the requirements," Alibin said.

Eighteen of the 31 schools allowed to increase tuition fees this year are in Davao City. They are are the Agro-Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines, 10 percent from 282.26 per unit to P310.48; Ateneo De Davao University, six percent from P821.20 to P870.45; Brokenshire College (College of Nursing), 15 percent from P543.41 to P642.92; Davao Doctors College, 5.15 percent from P617.20 to P649; Davao Medical School Foundation, three percent P585 to P602; Davao Merchant Marine Academy of Southern Philippines, 10 percent from P299.35 to P329.29; Holy Cross Academy of Sasa Inc., 10 percent from P275 to P302.50; Holy Cross College of Calinan, 10 percent from P325.09 to P357.60; Holy Cross of Davao College (Davao City), 9.995 percent from P364.89 to P401.35;

Holy Cross of Davao College-Babak (Island Garden City of Samal), 9.995 percent from P364.89 to P401.35; John Paul II College of Davao, 10 percent P278.30 to P306.13; Jose Maria College, five percent from P270.25 to P283.76; Philippine Women's College of Davao, seven percent from P580 to P620.60; Rizal Memorial Colleges, 15 percent from P315.90 to P363.29; San Pedro College, three percent from P578.60 to P595.96; Southern Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary Inc., 20 percent from P150 to P180; University of Mindanao Guianga College, 8.80 percent from P268.89 to P292.50; and University of Mindanao (main), 8.40 percent from P331.99 to P360.

Alibin explained that CHED Davao approved the application for tuition increase of these schools as they have the autonomy to identify the need for the increase.

"We respect the school's board. We do not set the ceiling," she stressed.

She said that in approving applications for tuition increase, they have been following the CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) 13 series of 1998, rather than the revised CMO 14 series of 2005, which HEIs abhor, she added.