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CHED Problems
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:47:13 PM »

Three ranking House members have proposed solutions meant to address current and emerging problems at the Commission on Higher Education.

Licuanan had resigned and when she leaves CHED, the agency will have two vacancies: CHED Chairman and one Commissioner. CHED has only three Commissioners now - Dr. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, Dr. Ronald L. Adamat, and Dr. Lilian A. De Las Llagas. Republic Act 7722 provides for four Commissioners.

Assistant Majority Leader Bernadette Herrera-Dy filed House Bill 6972 entitled “CHED Term Limit Act of 2018” in light of recent controversy involving the incumbency of outgoing CHED Chair Patricia Licuanan, who was appointed by the previous administration and was supposed to serve until July 2018.

Assistant Majority Leader and 1-PACMAN Party-list Rep. Michael “Mikee” L. Romero filed House Bill 6975 with the short title of “The CHED Chairman and Commissioners Age and Health Qualifications Upon Appointment Act”. HB 6975 requires an age ceiling of sixty (60) years old and a fit for work certification from a licensed medical doctor for the posts of Chairman and Commissioners of the CHED.

Assistant Majority Leader and 1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr said the 24-year-old CHED law (RA7722) is ripe for updating and upgrading. He has proposed systemic solutions such as strong regional university systems, enabling CHED for a federalized environment, an enhanced open university and alternative learning superstructure, and enactment of the Philippine Qualifications Framework.

“I hope the PQF becomes as law by March, April or May this year during the graduation season,” Belaro said.

He also said the country needs Education Bonds “to fund the education equivalent of Build Build Build. Many of our SUCs are in dire need of new facilities and better services. Many private schools are also in crises because of the exodus of teachers to public schools and because of lack of funds to upgrade their facilities.”

Herrera-Dy said she wants “to further insulate the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from partisan political pressures that come with the reappointment process yet give the CHED Chairman and Commissioners ample time to effect substantial impact on higher education development in the country.”

HB 6972 “draws lessons from current and previous experiences of the CHED involving the reappointment of the CHED Chairman and Commissioners. Reappointment can become a motivation to grant political favors or give in to political demands from various sectors. This bill removes that motivation, so that the CHED officials can focus on work, on their mission at CHED.”

For Rep. Romero, “leading the highest policy-making government agency for higher education can be taxing on personal health and also requires wisdom that comes with age.”

“The fit for work certification and age ceiling of 60 years are reasonable qualifications necessary for the physical and intellectual demands of the highest posts at the CHED. A good balance this bill seeks in the interest of public service,” Romero added. (END)

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