Bacolod Councilor Renecito Novero said the Bacolod City College can qualify for free tuition provided under Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act,once it has compliedwith the requirements.
Novero, chairman of the Sanggunian Committee on Education, said the state universities and colleges in the list that was recently released by the Commission on Higher Education were already qualified even before the list was issued.
BCC is not yet qualified for free tuition according to the national CHED Office, but it can qualify after complying with certain technical institutional requirements, he said
“That is why we are trying to comply with their stringent requirements for qualification. This includes the amended Revised Charter of the BCC, the improvement of its institutional premises, its program, facilities, etc. When we have done that, then we shall be qualified for free tuition,”Novero said.
They have another public hearing scheduled for the Civil Service Commission, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Commission on Audit because they will need certain advices, recommendations, or suggestions from them before they finalize the proposed revised charter of BCC, he said.
Novero said BCC is not the only institution in such a situation. Even all the rest of the similarly situated institutions in Negros Occidental are also doing their best to be qualified.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said he is pushing for the accreditation of the Bacolod City College by the Commission on Higher Education to enable its about 4,000 students to avail of the free tuition provided under Republic Act No. 10931 which President Rodrigo Duterte had signed into Law last year.*CGS
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