By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Before Bacolod City College (BCC) can provide free tuition under the recently signed Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education law, it must first acquire Commission on Higher Education (CHED) accreditation.
According to Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya, all pertinent paperwork for accreditation was sent last June and he is currently in the process of providing follow-up paperwork.
He said, during recent budget hearings, arguments grew heated over discussions of the feasibility of the then-proposal, but said the “matter was settled” after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the bill into law last week.
The congressman added it is still unclear if the law will be applied to the current school year, which started two months ago.
Currently, four schools in the Negros Island Region (NIR) are eligible to provide free tuition, namely, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Central Philippines State University, Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology, and Negros Oriental State University./WDJ