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Private universities, colleges want 12% tuition hike

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Over 200 private universities and colleges in the National Capital Region (NCR) applied for the 11% to 12% tuition increase at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

But according to CHED Officer-in-Charge Prospero De Vera III, the petition is still under study by the Commission.

De Vera said the universities and colleges argued that such tuition hike will help them support the increasing cost of operating expenses and salary appraisal for teachers. Also, professors in private schools opt to resign and shift to public schools because of a higher salary.

Meanwhile, CHED is positive that more than one million students will benefit from the free college education program offered by the government this school year 2018 to 2019.

The government has funded the said free college education program with P16 billion. However, CHED is planning to ask for additional P12 billion budget from Congress for the program to accommodate more deserving students for the next school year. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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Employers grapple with lack of qualified workers to hire – ECOP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Construction workers (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Employers group revealed the huge necessity for qualified workers, especially in the construction industry.

According to Arturo Guerrero III, President of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP,) there is currently a high demand for sanitation and aviation engineers, welders, electricians especially because of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

In fact, Guerrero said, one construction company is actually in need of around 20,000 to 30,000 workers. However, they do not know where to get the manpower.

There is also high demand for medical and service workers such as hotel employees due to the country’s booming tourism industry. Employers are wondering where newly graduates could have gone.

ECOP encourages job seekers to navigate job portals such as jobstreet.com because employers commonly resource employees through them.

“Alam namin kung saan kami pupunta na mga sites. Alam namin kung sinong pupuntahan. Ang problema yung aplikante hindi niya alam kung saan siya pupunta,” Guerrero said.

(We know which sites to go to and who to approach. The problem is, the applicants don’t know where to go.)

Guerrero also stressed that  one challenge for applicants nowadays is not passing international standards such as English proficiency requirements for call center agents.

“It will take 2 weeks to 1 month for us to train them in English proficiency before they can be employed,” Guerrero explained.

In line with this, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Prospero De Vera said they are now consulting the employers’ sector to help in crafting an appropriate curriculum based on industry requirements.

CHED also plans to strengthen its guidance counselling program to properly guide the students as to which field or what course they will proceed to.

“Who is the key determinant of the outcomes? It is the employers it is those who will use your graduates. So they must have a say in the skill and competencies that every graduate must have,” De Vera said.

Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is focusing on the training of scholars in the field of agri-business, health and wellness, hotel and restaurant as well as tourism. However, they are concentrating more on agriculture and construction as these are the industries with very high demand for workers.

“Sa agrikultura nakasalalay ang ating pagkain araw-araw at ang construction naman dahil almost 100,000 ang ating pangangailangan,” said Alvin Feliciano of TESDA’s Educational Skills Development Department.

(Agriculture provides our daily food supply while our construction industry is in need of almost 100,000 workers.) – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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CHED kicks off information caravan on Free Higher Education Act

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018


BULACAN, Philippines – In line with the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or commonly known as the Free Higher Education Act, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) kicked off its nationwide information caravan Friday, May 18, in the province of Bulacan.

According to Office-in- Charge and Executive Director Carmelita Yadao-Sison of the Unified Financial Assistance System For Tertiary Education, the caravan aims to educate the public on who may avail of the free tuition in state universities and colleges across the country.

 “Itong universal access kasama na ang tuition, matriculation and 13 others schools fees,” said Yadao-Sison.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) allocated P40 billion pesos to fund the Free Higher Education Act which is expected to help around 1.3 million deserving students to enter government public higher education institutions.

Students who are qualified to apply for free college education are those already enrolled in SUCs, accredited local universities and colleges and those studying under TESDA provided they pass the school’s admission and retention standard.

“Free TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) po ay sa vocational technical. Pwedeng kung hindi ka pa magkokolehiyo, gusto mo munang magkaroon ng skills, free din sa TESDA,” the official added.

(Free TVET for vocational technical courses. If you’re holding off college and want to acquire technical skills, you may do so for free at TESDA.)

In exchange for free education, qualified enrollees will commit to return of service after graduation.

“Habang kayo ay estudyante, hindi after mag-graduate kayo [dapat] matuto ka nang first aid, matuto ka ng CPR, matuto ka nang (While you are a student, and not after you graduate, is when you should learn first aid, CPR and) disaster management. You become a better citizen. Ganoon po ang (That is how you) return service,” said CHED’s OIC Commissioner Prospero de Vera III. – Nestor Torres / Marje Pelayo

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Pres. Duterte accepts resignation of CHED chair Licuanan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018


Licuanan resigned from CHED chairmanship

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang neither confirmed nor denied that it is Chairperson Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) whom President Rodrigo Duterte was referring to as the government official he will fire because of corruption.

However, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the president has already accepted Licuanan’s resignation.

Roque added that the chief executive has also been made aware of the allegations against the CHED official.

“I wish to announce that the president has received the resignation of CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and that it will be accepted by the president,” said Roque.

Roque did not add any other details anymore of other government officials that the president will remove from post.

In her resignation statement, Licuanan said she had received a call from Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea during the weekend and asked her to resign.

Although her term will already be ending in July 2018, she said she decided to step down from office ahead of time.

She added that it is obvious that there are people in CHED who wanted her out of the commission and hurled baseless and false accusations including her travel abroad.

Malacañang, on the other hand, chose not to comment on the issue.

“No information, I only announced that she resigned, resignation is always a voluntary act,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, the former chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts And Culture, Senator Bam Aquino lamented Licuanan’s resignation

He said Licuanan’s dedication had done well to improve access to quality education.

Aquino also called on Malacañang to appoint an immediate replacement with the same ability as that of the former chief, to implement reforms. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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