MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has lifted its moratorium on the opening of undergraduate and graduate programs on three common courses effective on Academic Year 2015-2016.
Based on CHED Memorandum Order 17, the three courses which had its moratoium lifted by CHED are Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Information Techonology.
The three courses were ordered a moratorium by CHED last November 2010 which became effective since School Year 2011-2012.
CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan said that the said courses were labeled as “oversubsribed” and must be granted moratorium to address the growing mismatch in the number of graduates.
The order covered courses offered by the country’s 109 SUCs, private HEIs, as well as local universities and colleges (LUC).
According to the current memorandum, the lifting of moratorium is in accordance with the pertinent provisions of RA 7722 or the “Higher Education Act of 1994” and by virtue of Commission en banc Resolution No. 272-2014 dated May 5, 2014.
The continuous recruitment and hiring of graduates or professionals in the said courses by the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), the tourism industry, and both local and international IT industry has been considered by CHED to lift the moratorium on the said courses.
Other factors considered are: the market uptrend and leadership position of the Philippines in ITBPO; regional and global increase in labor mobility; emergence of new demand for competencies such as Business Analytics; and international agreements on borderless economy.
The CHED has been conducting a stepped-up monitoring starting 2011 until 2013 on higher education institutions (HEIs) offering the said courses if they are complying with CHED’s minimum requirements.
CHED allows the opening of programs for HEIs which shall possess the following qualifications: autonomous/deregulated status for private HEIs and SUC Level III status for SUCs; Center of Excellence/Center of Development (COE/COD) in the aforementioned courses; and at least Level II accredited status in any of the said programs from CHED recognized accrediting agencies.
CHED advises HEIs with the said to submit their application to CHED Regional Offices following the prescribed timeline for submission. (MNS)