Ched issues 4 orders declaring new city college as legitimate, dispels confusion
By Rebelander S. Basilan
Monday, September 27, 2010
BASED on four orders by the Commission on Higher Education (Ched), Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said the legitimate city college is the new Mandaue City College (MCC) at the Mandaue City Cultural Sports Complex and not the old one in Tipolo, which is operated by Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete.
The orders, all dated Sept. 14, 2010, specified the city college’s location and said Ched no longer recognizes the old city college, Cortes said.
He said the orders dispelled the confusion over which of the two MCCs is legitimate and called the old MCC a “deception.”
But Cañete, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, said the City Government should file a petition in court nullifying City Ordinance 419 if it is to remove the legitimacy of the old MCC.
The ordinance, passed in 2007, is the legal basis for the old MCC’s operations, he said.
“If our operation is illegal, then why is the PRC (Philippine Regulatory Commission) allowing our graduates to take licensure exams?” Cañete said.
Dr. Susana Cabahug, officer-in-charge of the new MCC, said they have complied with Ched’s requirements, which include improving the school building, setting up a library and hiring plantilla workers.
She said Ched conducted a final visit to the school on Sept. 23.
The orders, signed by Ched 7 Director Amelia Biglete, authorize the new MCC to offer bachelor courses in secondary and elementary education program, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technology program and BS in Business Administration program.
Cortes, chairman of the new MCC’s board of trustees, said the nursing graduates of the
old MCC are at risk of getting invalidated.
Cabahug said once the order is enforced, they will accept students from the old MCC, provided they enroll in the courses the new MCC offers.
Cortes said they will not give any funds to the old college because the City Government does not recognize its legitimacy, adding that a city college should be initiated by the City Government and not by anyone else.
Next week, the City Council may pass a resolution recognizing the legitimacy of the new MCC.
“How do you make responsible citizens when the school itself is disobeying the law?” Cortes said. He added he will “do everything to stop the deception.”
Cañete said Cortes, a councilor then, was one of the authors of an ordinance that established the old MCC in 2005.
The new MCC was established by Cortes in 2007 and the creation was not backed by an ordinance, Cañete said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2010.