Bills filed in the House of Representatives to boost performance of CHED and HEIs

House Bills authored by several legislators seek to strengthen the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the modernization of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).

Deputy Speaker Michael Romero and Rep. Enrico Pineda, Chairperson of the Committee on Labor and Employment filed House Bill No. 1936 which seeks to provide additional funding to strengthen HEIs through the Higher Education Development Fund (HEDF).

In the House Bill filed by Rep. Romero and Rep. Pineda, the HEDF would receive the amounts of Php 500-M additional seed capital and Php 100-M for additional operational expenses. They also recommended the HEDF to receive an increase to 50% annual share in the total gross income of travel tax, an increase to 40% share in the collections from the Professional Registration Fee, and an increase from to 5% share in the gross sales of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) lotto operations.

Amendments to Republic Act No. 7722 or the "Higher Education Act of 1994” were sought through House Bill No. 1855 by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and House Bill No. 6449 by the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education Chairperson Rep. Mark Go.

According to Rep. Go, House Bill No. 6449 aims to rationalize CHED and its functions by appointing deputy commissioners for operations, administration and finance to oversee the individual mandates of CHED. An organization of CHED provincial offices would also supplement to ensure the effective implementation of higher education policies and programs in their areas of jurisdiction.

On the other hand, House Bill No. 1855 highlighted the petition to increase the number of state universities and colleges.

CHED expressed its support through Commissioner Prospero De Vera and said that the bills would further increase the capacity of CHED given its mandates have outpaced its funds and manpower.

The committee has created a technical working group to consolidate the said measures and expedite the approval of the proposed measures.

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