CHED ready to support President Noynoy Aquino administration
July 2, 2010 11:05 pm
MANILA, July 2 — Outgoing Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Dr. Emmanuel Angeles on Friday said that the commission has set the formal turnover ceremony on July 19 and reiterated that he is ready to step down and support the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
“We have to support the present administration he is now our president whether we like it or not.” Angeles said.
He stressed that he is more than willing to turn over the post to Dr. Patricia Licuanan, whose appointment was announced during Aquino’s inaugural address after taking his oath noon of June 30 as the 15th president of the country.
Angeles refused to comment on Aquino’s statement describing CHED as sleeping on the job when he named Licuanan and directed the latter to properly address all issues hounding the higher education sector particularly in nursing education.
Aquino did not hide his dismay on CHED’s performance after learning that more than half of the country’s nursing schools posted a record of below the national passing average as earlier disclosed by Angeles.
Earlier, Angeles also bared that in a seven-year period (2001-2008) the number of flunkers in Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) – administered licensure exams exceeded the number of board passers by as much as 1.42 million or about 64 percent.
This means that only 808, 884 (36.35 percent) out of the 2, 225, 571 examinees for the period has passed the test.
The problem, he said is compounded by the fact that of the existing 1, 741 HEI's in the country, only 50 or 3 percent have good facilities.
Angeles earlier told reporters that he is ready to step down as CHED chair claiming that he already submitted his report on the state of the country’s higher education sector to Malacanang.
“Hindi na kailangan yun, ang importante ay ang suporta sa bagong liderato,” Angeles said dismissing Aquino’s statement about CHED alleged ineptness.
He added that the formal turnover was set at 8:30 in the morning of July 19 coinciding the with the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony at CHEd head office in UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City.
Angeles is actually set to step down on July 21 after taking over the CHED post from Romulo Neri at the height of the scandal surrounding the botched USD 329 million ZTE-National Broadband Network deal.
Officials and employees of the CHED, on the other hand, welcomed Licuanan’s appointment who served as president of Miriam College.
“It is a good and well-deserved appointment. Dr. Licuanan is well respected and the academe and she has well-proven track record in higher education. She comes from a family of noted and respected academicians. She is certainly very welcome in CHED,” CHED Executive Director Atty. Julito Vitriolo said.
Aside from being an academician, Licuanan is also very active in women issues serving as the Philippines ’ representative, then vice chairperson and eventually chairperson of the Conference on the Status of Women during the 1995 World Conference on Women held in Beijing China.
She also served as the trustee of the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics. (PNA) LOR/HCT