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No tuition fee hike in all public, private colleges and universities of Region 8

Tacloban City (February 27) -- In answer to the call of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the heads of the State and private colleges and universities in Region 8, will not increase tuition fees this coming school year, Commission on Higher Education Chairman Emmanuel Angeles informed the local media in a press conference held at the La Rica Hotel in Tacloban City.

Secretary Angeles was in Tacloban to conduct consultations and dialogue with the presidents of state as well as private colleges and universities. He said that he has been going around the country to dialogue with the heads of Tertiary Education Institutions and to appeal for the moratorium in tuition fee rates.

The good Secretary commended the heads of the colleges and universities in Region 8, through their president, Dr. Edward Chua, for fulfilling their commitment and social responsibility to the community.

Dr. Chua informed that the members of the Association of Colleges and Universities in Region 8 have signified their commitment in not increasing their tuition fee rates for school year 2009-2010 in deference to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's call which was reiterated by CHED secretary Angeles.

"This is the 15th region I visited," Secretary Angeles informed the media practitioners of Tacloban. So far, the consultations have yielded positive results, he added.

He said that in Legaspi, 16 colleges and universities filed for tuition fee increase. After his dialogue with them however, 8 withdrew their petition.

The CHED chairman couldn't say how many state colleges and universities in the Philippines will increase their tuition fee rates next school year because he said that the deadline for filing is on February 28.

What he is sure of is that the number will be not more than 10 percent of the total number of colleges and universities in the country which numbers 1,726.

Before any tuition fee hike is implemented, consultations with the students, parents, faculty is conducted. If all of these stakeholders will say yes to a tuition fee hike because they believe in the reason for such increase, then CHED has no reason to turn down the petition, Secretary Angeles said. (PIA 8) [top]

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