PGMA inaugurates CHED's Higher Education Development Center

August 6, 2009 9:21 am 

MANILA, Aug. 6 –President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Higher Education Development Center (HDEC) this afternoon at the University of the Philippines Complex in Diliman, Quezon City.

CHED chairman Emmanuel Angeles and commissioners Hadja Luningning Misuarez-Umar, William Medrano, Nenalyn Defensor and Nona Ricafort joined the President in gracing the event.

Upon her arrival direct from her Pampanga engagements, the President, assisted by Angeles, cut the ceremonial ribbon and unveiled the marker to signal the formal opening of the HDEC to the public.

The President then administered the oaths of office to Angeles, who assumed the chairmanship of CHED as officer-in-charge, and to Defensor and Ricafort, whose appointments as commissioners were recently renewed.

The HEDC is one of the sub-components of the seven investment strategies under the Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) eyed to exert broad impact in improving higher education.

The HEDP is a package of reform-oriented investment measures aimed at implementing the key recommendations of the 1998 Philippine Education Sector Study (PESS) and the 2000 Presidential Commission on Education Reform Agenda, which identified issues and problems afflicting the higher education system and recommended policy and reform measures to address these to enable the system to fulfill its vital roles in national development.

The HEDC will house CHED's central office and home to a higher education virtual library, higher education management information system, media room, accreditation rooms, technical panel offices, multi-agency projects management units, training rooms and accommodation facilities.

HDEC was constructed in two phases: Phase 1 consists of the partial completion of a four-storey building with an approximate floor area of 6,752 square meters and costs P141-million while Phase II is the complete construction of the building peripherals including the fourth floor, roof deck and the multi-purpose area from the ground to the third floor and its roofing.

Phase II covers an approximate floor area of 4,390 sq.m. and its contract price is P115-million. (PNA)

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