HUDDLE MEETING. Rep. Juliette Uy of the second district, Misamis Oriental in a huddle meeting with fellow lawmakers, from left, Reps. Ann Hofer (2nd District, Zamboanga Sibugay), Manuel Zubiri (3rd District, Bukidnon), and Malou Acosta-Alba (1st District, Bukidnon). File photo from Congress
BLURB: Rep. Juliette Uy: Our Congress exerts the best efforts to stave the complete closure of external study centers of BSU in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental
Misamis Oriental (2nd District) Rep. Juliette Uy recently thanked the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education for “exerting the best efforts of Congress to stave of the complete closure by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of Bukidnon State University External Study Centers (BSU-ESCs) in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.”
“Our House Resolution 957 that called for an inquiry into the dire consequences of CHED Order to close all the 11 BSU-ESCs in Misamis Oriental has borne fruit. CHED has issued a new Resolution and implementing order. We have also pledged to continue supporting the budget of the BSU-ESCs,” said Rep. Uy.
It can be recalled that on May 29, 2017, Congress took action on House Resolution 957 principally authored by Congresswoman Uy that sought to stop CHED from closing down all the BSU-ESCs in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon.
During the September 7, 2017 Committee on Higher and Technical Education hearing, stakeholders from the local governments, Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon lawmakers raised their opposition to the CHED Phase-out Order in these areas and thus CHED reconsidered its position on the matter, resulting to the creation of a Technical Working Group to come up with feasible alternatives to the
phaseout BSU-ESCs and conduct ocular inspections.
Assessments were made by CHED Central Office during the visitation and pointed out some of the issues such as insufficient budget for personnel services and maintenance and operating expenses, the lack of school buildings and facilities, the need for full time educators, staff and administrators, and the compliance to CHED Policies, Standards and Guidelines for specific program offerings of each external study center.
“After two hearings (one in Congress and one Cagayan de Oro City) of our legislative inquiry by the said House Committee and the ocular visit of the CHED teams from its Central Office, an Implementing Order for CHED En Banc Resolution No. 097-2018 was issued on May 29, 2018. The said Order has given all stakeholders of Misamis Oriental a three-year grace period to keep the BSU-ESCs in Alubijid, Sugbongcogon, Talisayan, Medina, Salay, and Gingoog City open while compliance to the stringent CHED requirements are being processed. I thank the said Committee for giving six out of 11 of our BSU-ESCs in Misamis Oriental a major shot in the arm at continuing to provide education to our constituents,” Rep. Uy said.
The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education is chaired by Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann Hofer.
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