Cebu City soon to have its own city college

November 9, 2011 10:38 pm 

CEBU CITY, Nov. 9 -– Cebu City will soon have its own city college, after Cebu City Councilor Rodrigo Abellanosa filed a proposed ordinance creating the Cebu City College at the City Council.

Abellanosa said the college will be an institution of higher learning for the underprivileged but deserving constituents of the city.

Under Abellanosa’s proposed measure, the college will provide technical and professional training in nursing, which is currently offered by the Cebu City Medical Center, and short vocational courses.

Abellenosa said the Department of Manpower Development and Placement will operate under the college to provide technical education and skills development courses.

To start the college, Abellanosa, who owns and operates the Asian College of Technology, said the City Government will need an initial appropriation of P5 million.

Once established, Abellanosa said the college will get funding from tuition and miscellaneous fees, the City Government, the national government or its agencies, foreign governments, private persons, private organizations and institutions and other sources not prohibited by law.

To ensure the funds will be properly managed, Abellanosa said the city treasurer will be the ex-officio treasurer of the college.

”All accounts and expenses of the college shall be audited by the Commission on Audit or its duly authorized representative,” he added.

The college, Abellanosa said, will also have a governing board, or a board of trustees.

The board will be composed of the mayor, who will sit as vice chairperson, the chairman of the council’s committee on education, regional director of the Commission on Higher Education, head of the Department of Education Cebu City division, provincial director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and three representatives from the private sector.

The board of trustees will convene once every quarter. The chairperson, though, may call a special meeting whenever necessary.

Among the duties of the board are drafting the implementing rules for the creation of the Cebu City College.

It will also designate heads of departments, faculty members and other officials and employees, as well as adopt modern and innovative modes of transmitting knowledge through the use of information technology.

The board will also draft policy guidelines and procedures for participative decision-making and transparency, as well as promulgate policies in accordance with the declared state policies on education and perform other functions necessary in the college’s operations.

The ordinance has already been endorsed to the council’s committee on laws chaired by Councilor Edgardo Labella for comments and recommendations.

The City Council first discussed the proposal to open a Cebu City College in 2008, when then city councilor Gerardo Carillo drafted an ordinance that sought to make college education affordable to constituents.

The council agreed to create an ad hoc committee composed of individuals from the academe to study the ordinance, but the review was not completed in time for the change of leadership in City Hall.

Cebu City’s neighbors, including Consolacion town, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Talisay City and Cordova, have long established their community colleges. (PNA)

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