San Carlos community college alive and kicking – Mayor

September 17, 2009 at 1:32 am 1 comment

DAGUPAN CITY – A private community college in San Carlos City which faced closure two years ago has been revived and is now doing well, according to Mayor Julier “Ayoy” Resuello.

Resuello, guesting at the Engkwentro forum Thursday at the Lenox Hotel here, said that the foundation-run Binalatongan Community College was on the verge of bankruptcy when the city assumed management of the institution in 2007.

“Pagkaupo ko nang kunin ng syudad ang pamamahala sa kolehyo which is facing a closure order dahil hindi nakakatugon sa kinakailangan ng Commission on Higher Education,” he said.

He said that the city took steps to comply with the requirements of CHED to save the institution.

The college is presently offering two courses – information technology and education. He said he hopes that more courses will be offered in the future with the provision of new facilities and school rooms. “May itatayong bagong school building sa susunod na mga araw,” he bared.

He said that the school charges P1,500 only per student per semester, an amount he described as “very minimal” when compared to the tuition fees charged by other colleges and universities.

He also revealed that in his recent trip to the United States, he received pledges for scholarships from former residents of the city now based in the States. (PIA Pangasinan)

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  • 1. educ-stud  |  March 26, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Another public institution of learning in the city of San Carlos? Is it really needed? It is possible that there is another reason for its establishment? Well, I’m posing these questions not because I have a grudge on the current local government of San Carlos city nor am I against the betterment of the young people of San Carlos. I just want to point out that another public school is not the solution to the sinking standard of Philippine education.

    Over the past few years, the budget for public tertiary education had dwindled continuously and this budget is thinly spread out among all state colleges and universities (SCUs) including the UP system. If we add more public/community colleges that would add up to the already drought education budget then logically payments for human resources, maintenance of basic services, acquisition and construction of better facilities and allotment of undergraduate, graduate and faculty researches in all states colleges and universities would be affected badly and this is just an understatement. If the funding for the operations of the Binalatongan community college will not come from the local government budget, but rather from the national SCUs annual budget then the establishment of this community college is not beneficial.

    It will not be beneficial since there is redundancy of purpose. We are all well aware that the Pangasinan State University through its campus in San Carlos city is mandated to take this role and I believe that PSU is doing its part adequately. Hence, the establishment of another public college is unnecessary. Let me bring out a comparison here, in the ASEAN region for instance, Thailand has approximately 2,500 public HEIs ( higher education institutions ) and based on international studies and general reviews of academic instructions, research outputs, student services and facilities they perform better than our country and the irony of which is that we have more HEIs than Thailand we have more than 5,500 HEIs all over the archipelago.

    Well obviously, one would ask, If the Philippines has more HEIs why is it that the quality of many public tertiary is not par with its neighbors. The answer can be taken from several local studies and reports coming from CHED stating that the limited budget and poor allocation of resources is a big contributory factor in the mediocre performance of many public HEIs in the country. Moreover, in the data presented by CHED from 1999 to 2003, many public HEIs are under performing in national board exam ratings.

    Hence, increasing the number of public HEIs is not the solution, the solution is to improve existing SCUs by maximizing and allocating financial sources intelligently. If this is done then we should expect that PSU will have better facilities, higher salaries for faculty members and efforts for creation on new knowledge through researches will commence which will totally improve the standard of education not only in Pangasinan but through out the country.

    (If you have other comments please reply) Thanks!


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