Licuanan: Lawmakers didn’t get P4.1-B fund
MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Licuanan on Saturday maintained that not a centavo of her agency’s P4.1-billion fund for the grants-in-aid program went to lawmakers.
In a statement, Licuanan pointed out that Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Rep. Antonio Tinio merely came up with the alleged P14 million individual lump-sum distribution to lawmakers by dividing the P4.1-billion fund by the number of members of the House of Representatives.
Licuanan said the P4.1 billion set aside for the agency’s “Tulong Dunong” program “does not qualify as a Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or congressional pork barrel contrary to Representative Tinio’s constant assertions in media that tend to disparage the credibility of the CHEd as the statutory administrator of the said fund.”
College profs may teach senior high’
MANILA, Philippines—University and college professors who may lose their jobs with the addition of two years to the high school curriculum under the K to 12 program may teach senior high school instead.
Although a militant group, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, has said that around 80,000 college and university teachers risked being affected when the two years are added to the high school curriculum beginning in 2016, Umali said this figure “appeared to be high.”
When asked what the real numbers were though, he said the data should come from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
Binay to CHED: Check plight of OJTs abroad
THE Commission on Higher Education (CHED) yesterday said it will look into allegations that students of Hotel and Restaurant Management courses are being exploited while undergoing on-the-job-training (OJT) abroad.
CHED executive director Julito Vitriolo issued the statement following a request from Vice President Jejomar Binay to look into reports he received about colleges requiring HRM students to undergo OJT abroad “where they work long hours as wait staff without any compensation.”
Binay, who is also presidential adviser on overseas Filipino eorkers’ concerns, said he found the report “alarming.”
“I would like to request your good office to conduct an investigation into this practice, and if needed, take appropriate measures to protect the interest and welfare of our youth,” the Vice President said in a letter addressed to CHED chairwoman Patricia Licuanan.