CHED, PRC, DepEd versus MCC

CHED,PRC,DepEd-vs.-MCC
Mandaue City College located in Basak is the old MCC duly created through an Ordinance No. 10-2005-324A co-authored by then Councilor Jonas C. Cortes (now incumbent mayor) and amended by Ordinance No. 10-2005-419. It started its operation on Academic Year 2006-2007 which offers undergraduate programs and advance studies or graduate programs. The public are totally aware of the legality of MCC’s creation by the City Government of Mandaue, per City Ordinance No. 324-A, as amended by C.O No. 419, and the noble purpose of the local government to provide almost free college education for the poor students of Mandaue City and its neighboring cities and town. It is also known that B.P. 232 (Education Act of 1982) provides that recognition of a local college is deemed granted simultaneous to its establishment.

Section 27 of Republic Act 232 says that in the case of government operated schools, whether local, regional, national, recognition of educational programs and/or operations shall be deemed granted simultaneously with establishment. Also CHED Memorandum Order #32, Series of 2006: strictly states and provides that a local college is a learning institution created by operation of law by virtue of a valid ordinance and that an ORDINANCE is the charter of the local college.

Said City College became functional and had a promising initial student population of one thousand one hundred (1, 100) and a teachers organization of not less than thirty (30) and through the years said City College was able to nurture and develop eager young minds who never had the opportunity to study in private educational institutions due to financial impediments to be licensed professionals. Mandaue City College produced more than 100 professionals licensed by the Professional Regulations Commission (as of this writing).

Sometime in 2007 under the administration of Mayor Jonas Cortes another Mandaue City College was created and operated in the Mandaue City Sports Complex through then Dr. Susana B. Cabahug who is convicted of DepEd graft and corruption. The matter of the legality of these two community colleges in the City of Mandaue was put in issue in a case still pending for the last five (5) years.

Both, the new and the old community college have found willing recipients as well as beneficiaries of the program to serve the needy and economically underprivileged residents not only of Mandaue City but of the neighboring localities as well. Through the years the graduates of both colleges have been accorded legal recognition by the Professional Regulations Commission by allowing them to take the National Licensing Examinations.

On July 24, 2011 the graduate of MCC-Basak Campus where informed that they could no longer take the licensure exams because of MCC-Basak does not have any proof of recognition from CHED;

The CHED Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) of Region 7 conducted an evaluation of MCC on 03 November 2008, led by Dr. Marcelo Lopez, President of Cebu Normal University, with Dr. Jucel Ann M. Jumao-as as one of its four members, publicly announced that MCC was 90% complaint with the requirements. Dr. Jumao-as announced it, to the top of her voice at our campus. Then CHED 7 Director Dr. Enrique Grecia said that the Cañete-led MCC is only one recognized by the CHED (AAG/NRC, “CHED clears Mandaue City College”, Sun Star Cebu, Wednesday, June 6, 2007). This was repeatedly announced over DYKC radio and in other media outlets. Dr. Marlon Lopez even congratulated Dr. Milagros L. Cañete for MCC’s RQAT performance. The City’s Sanguniang Panlungsod even passed Resolution No. 11-878-2008 commending MCC for its passing the RQAT with flying colors.

Dr. Jucel Ann Jumao-as recently told the graduates at Sunburst Restaurant A.S. Fortuna, in a meeting called by Cong. Luis Gabriel Quisumbing, that she was just pressured by then Cong. Nerisa Soon Ruiz and Dr. Cañete to make such announcement of compliance with RQAT. There may even be a ground to hold her administratively accountable of the Office of the President or at the Office of the Ombudsman for such an irresponsible admission of a misdeed that misled local government officials, students, parents, faculty members and staff of MCC, and the general public. It is unimaginable how a legislator can pressure a public official of a national agency into saying something UNTRUE that will have far-reaching effects on the various stakeholders.

CHED is not an accrediting body (accreditation is voluntary in nature) nor authorized by their charter to close programs or school campus but can only make such recommendation. They must observe status quo while there is still a pending mandamus case of this matter in the Regional Trial Court of Mandaue City and a pending “Petition Couple with Motion for Reconsideration for Nullification of the Closure Order” before the Office of the President and the Commission on Higher Education.

On December 3, 2010 CHED without due process, ordered, issued and at the same time served a “Closure Order” to the College which was immediately protested by filing a “Petition for the Nullification of the Order” before the CHED National Office in Manila but until now MCC have not received any answer or communication whatsoever from the CHED office relative to the petition as of this writing. Since then CHED has always been threatening and even willing to physically close the campus (without a court order and not even their power) together with the City Treasurer upon Mayor Jonas Cortes instruction to padlock the campus for failure to secure a business permit and non payment of taxes which is irrelevant since MCC is a government institution.

On July 24, 2011 with that Closure Order, CHED National through their Chairman Dr. Patricia Licuanan, issued a Notice to the Public through Manila Bulletin declaring among other things;
1. That MCC under Dr. Paulus Mariae L. Cañete, is spurious and illegal because it does not possess a permit of authority to operate a granting institution and that, graduates of the said school shall not be allowed to take any board examination and even advised to transfer in any degree granting institution.

As a result PRC Regional in Cebu City will not allow graduates from taking the September 2011 LET Examination because of the CHED Closure Order and the required permit. The said candidates, graduates and the MCC family felt disturbed, humiliated and discriminated. Even the DepEd Region 7 Director does not allow the 4th year student to have their practicum studies in any public schools in the Cebu Province.

Further, some graduates who are DepEd Teachers from the Graduate School studies of MCC were out-rightly denied of due recognition of their hard-earned degrees by the Ranking and Promotion Committee of the Department of Education, Mandaue City Division and Southern Leyte Division because of the Notice to the Public (Closure Order) from CHED Chairman not from a court of law.

The institution contends that if such act is true, it is tantamount to discrimination, deprived of their property without due process, denied by the equal protection of law and non-recognition, punishable by law under Sec. 25 – 29 of BP Blg. 232, known as the Education Act of 1982.

The 2000 Revised Rules of Court provide a disputable presumption that government regularly performs their official (presumption of regularity) unless, there is conclusive presumption rendered by the lawful authorities in accordance with law.

Therefore, BP Blg. 232 – Section 28 – It entitled the school or college to give the students who have completed the course for which recognition is granted, a certificate, title or diploma”; and It shall entitle the students who have graduated from said recognized course or courses to all the benefits and privileges enjoyed by graduates in similar courses of studies in all schools recognized by the government.

Section 9. Right of Students in School – In addition to other rights, and subject to the limitation prescribed by law and regulations, and student and pupils in all schools shall enjoy the following rights: 2. The right to freely chose their field of study subject to existing curricula and to continue their course therein up to graduation, except in cases of academic deficiency, or violation of disciplinary regulations.

With respect to the Closure Order, assuming that the CHED Order exists, it was not established that it has the authority to issue the same. In the absence of court judgments invalidating the existence of our school, the City Government of Mandaue & CHED have arrogated unto itself not to recognize it. They should at least wait for final judgment from the Court determining whether or not MCC under Cañete validly exists.

What is now the reason base on law for not taking into consideration the degrees earned by MCC graduates for the PRC – LET Board Exam and the ranking and promotion in the Department of Education?

What is now the reason base on law for requiring the Local Colleges and Universities to be required with a permit or authority to operate if CMO#32, S.2006 is self explanatory?

MCC is an ALCU-Member School & ALCU-COA Accredited

ALCU & ALCU-COA

Mandaue City College is a member of the Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU). ALCU is working closely with the Senate Committee on Education in legislation that would benefit local colleges and universities.

The primary thrust of ALCU is to improve the quality of instruction, research, and extension of its member schools and to provide value public tertiary education, especially to the poor and disadvantaged youth.

Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) is now closely allied with the Association of Local Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (ALCUCOA), organized only in the later part of year 2003.

The AACCUP is a member of the:

  • National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies, Inc. (NNQAA), formed by AACCUP and the Association of Local Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (ALCUCOA).
  • Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) with AACCUP as member of the Steering Group based in Hong Kong, China.
  • International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • Sources:
    ALCU COA Member Schools
    MCC on ALCULYMPICS
    ALCU-Member School
    MCC Hosts Accreditation Seminar & Network

    MCC is GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED

    Philippines

    The College was created by the Mandaue City Ordinance No. 419, as amended. The school is recognized by the government in accordance with Section 27 of the Education Act of 1982 (BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 232), which states, to wit:

    “Section 27. Recognition of Schools – The educational operations of schools shall be subject to their prior authorization of the government, and shall be affected by recognition. In the case of government operated schools, whether local, regional, or national, recognition of educational programs and/or operations shall be deemed granted simultaneously with establishment.”

    MCC Online Alumni Information System (MOAIS)

    MAOIS
    The relationship you have with your Alma Mater should not end at your graduation day. MCC has formed your personal and professional goals during your student days, and it will be a great influence as you pursue the different stages of your life.

    It is our best interest that the information and services on this site will provide you with opportunities to be involved and be blessed with the college’s programs and activities. We exhort and appeal that you always support MCC’s causes and initiatives.

    MCC Moodle

    Moodle
    Education is for all! Isn’t it?! Nowadays, where technology advancement is becoming integral part of our everyday life and becomes one of the important elements of success, we wanted to do things easier, simple, and automated. Indeed, information systems (IS) role can’t be ignored. IS get and do things better, faster, and smarter.

    It is MCC’s goal to provide education to everyone, everywhere! That’s what MCC Moodle is all about.

    Employees / Careers

    Employees
    Mandaue City College provides equal opportunity to serve anad teach in the local college. MCC’s goal for all it’s employees is for them to grow professionally and personally in the course of their employment, enabling them to offer their best to MCC’s stakeholders.

    Parents

    Parents
    Welcome to MCC community. This page is intended for you to be engaged, connected, and informed. From MCC News, newsletters, announcements, and invitation to campus events.

    Take time to explore the whole site and learn more.

    Students

    Students
    Make use of MCC website and this section. Often visit this site for announcement and important reminders from the College. Should you know of broken links, wrong spelling & grammars, and others, please inform us at information@mandauecitycollege.edu.ph.


    RULES AND REGULATIONS RELEVANT TO STUDENT CONDUCT, BEHAVIOR, DECORUM AND DISCIPLINE

    A. CLASSROOM POLICIES ON ATTENDANCE /ABSENCE / TARDINESS
    1. Attendance/Absence
    One hundred percent (100%) attendance is encouraged. Absence is failure to attend classes and/or schedule activities or a state of being late beyond 15 minutes schedule.
    1.1 For any absence, an excuse letter is to be presented to the Dean through the adviser and to kept on file by the latter.

    1.2 An absence may be considered excused if it is properly document for the following reason:
    1.2.1 Illness
    1.2.2 Natural Disaster
    1.2.3 Accident
    1.2.4 Death of either parent/brother/sister/husband, wife or child (for 3 days only)

    1.3 If absence is due to any of the above condition, the excuse letter should be accompanied with a medical certificate from the attending physician or certified by proper authorities.
    1.4 A student who incurs ten (10) consecutive absences for each semester without valid reason shall be considered “Dropped”.

    2. Tardiness
    Tardiness is the state of being late for one (1) or more minutes but not exceeding fifteen (15) minutes.
    2.1 For the first 15 minutes, a student will be accepted to the class. Warning will be given by the instructor concerned. For subsequent tardiness, the student is required to submit an excuse letter duly signed by the instructor, adviser, and the Dean the following day.
    2.2 A student who is late by 15 or more minutes of the schedule time, is considered absent. He is required to submit an excuse letter duly Signed by the instructor, adviser, and the Dean.
    2.3 Habitual tardiness is the state of being late for 3 or more times. The student will be ask to present an excuse letter duly signed by their instructor, adviser, and Dean. The Committee on discipline shall meet to assess the situation and make to its recommendation.

    B. ATTIRE and UNIFORM
    The complete prescribed uniform with the ID shall be worn at all whether in the classroom, inside the college campus or outside the College when student represent the College in official activities such as parades, community and other curricular activities.
    1. Campus Uniform (to be worn on Weekdays)
    2. PE and NSTP Uniform. Male and Female student shall wear the approved PE uniform during PE classes and sports fest. The approved NSTP uniform shall be worn during NSTP classes and community activities.
    3. Exemption from Wearing of Uniform. Student who are permitted to have exemption are those student who working outside the College. They shall present a certificate of employment and 3 copies of colored ID picture. The exemption card is renewed yearly. The exemption card and College ID shall be worn at all times inside the school campus.
    4. All faculty member are required to enforce the rules and regulation regarding the wearing of the uniform and ID, of exemption card and inside and outside the classroom.

    C. USE OF SCHOOLS FACILITIES
    1. Student shall always keep the College campus clean by refraining from spitting, littering, damaging properties, defacing walls, etc.
    2. Student shall at all-time exercise care and diligence in the use of library books, laboratories, computers and accessories, kitchen utensils, etc.
    3. Student shall always observe silence and cleanliness when passing through corridors and hallways.
    4. Student shall observe at all times silence & proper behavior, in the library. Handle all books and library materials with care. Stealing, and mutilating books, magazines, newspapers and other library material are strictly prohibited.

    D. CODE OF CONDUCT
    The Mandaue City College is a community of learners. We are here to learn. To able to learn effectively, however there are a number of rules of behavior we have to observe. Here are some of them:
    1. Speak English all the times.
    2. Regular attendance in classes is a must for every student. In special cases, however, some student may be excused from attending classes if they are doing research, library work and other learning related activities approved by the College Administrator.
    3. Punctuality is desired of every student. Habitual tardiness is a sign of poor scholastic attitude.
    4. Always wear the prescribed College uniform. Decency is required for school attires. Short (for male & female) is a no, no except on special occasions such as intramurals and field trips.
    5. Long hair and Earning for men do not go with good grooming.
    6. While waiting for your class outside your classroom, avoid making noise as this disturbs on going classes nearby.
    7. Proper behavior is expected of you wherever you are in the MCC campus. Loud talks and childish antics are intolerable actuation.
    8. In passing through corridors and hallways of the Mandaue City College, always keep to the right to facilitate ease of movement.
    9. Smoking, drinking and drugs are taboo anywhere in the MCC campus.
    10. For those have extra time, the right place is the library. Read books and periodicals to supplement classroom learning. You will be wiser in the long run.
    11. Help keep the school clean. Throw your waste material into the segregate trash cans, and keep your spittle to yourself or use the toilet bowl for it.
    12. If you feel like hugging your BF or GF, don’t Romantic indiscretion does not go well among a community of learners.
    13. Always fall in line while waiting for run turn. Educated people never disregard the “first come first served” rule.
    14. If you have valid complaints, discuss them with the College Administrator, instead of airing these to fellow student. That way you get result.
    15. Turn off mobile phones or put them in silent mode as classes are going on.
    16. Meetings/gathering inside and outside the campus would require the permission of the student Affairs officer and approval of the College Administrator.
    17. Student must show due respect to Mandaue City and College officials, instructor, personnel, fellow students and visitors.

    E. RULES ON STUDENT DISCIPLINE
    1. Acts Punishable by expulsion
    1.1 Forging school record or knowingly availing of false record.
    1.2 Selling or possession of prohibited drugs
    1.3 Instigating alleged strikes or similar concerted activities resulting in stopping of classes.
    1.4 Plagiarism
    1.5 Selling examination papers
    1.6 Committing immoral acts of lasciviousness, direct or indirect.
    1.7 Stealing or causing damage to MCC property
    1.8 Endangering the life and limbs of any administrator, instructor, personnel, and student within the College premises and in any other place where school activities are held.
    1.9 Committing any act punishable by Philippine penal laws.

    1.10 Gross disloyalty to Mandaue City College, such as:
    a. Denunciation of the College in any form
    b. Subverting the policies of the school administration
    c. Publicly or revealing classified information about the College.

    2. Acts Punishable by Suspension, Dishonorable Dismissal or Exclusion from MCC
    2.1 Acts inimical to the interest of majority of the student in MCC
    2.2 Habitual drunkenness (intoxication 3 or more times)
    2.3 Gross dishonesty or insubordination to person on.
    2.4 Fighting or brawling or assaulting a student within the school premises.
    2.5 Repeated failures on a subject.
    2.6 Carrying a deadly weapon within the school premises without a written authority from the school authority except if one is a same.
    2.7 Dishonesty such as cheating and misrepresentation and abetting the commission of the same.
    2.8 Conviction by final judgment of any crime involving moral turpitude.
    2.9 Disturbing or disrupting classes as a mean of redress of alleged grievances.
    2.10 Vandalism of any form
    2.11 Violating policies and rules and regulation of the College.

    3. Penalty for minor offences or infraction include fine or extra work but never corporal punishment or grade reduction.

    F. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE
    1. Investigation and Hearing
    1.1 Investigation is conducted whenever an error, offense, or misdemeanor is committed by a student and said error, offense or misdemeanor is reported by a faculty member/staff or is brought to the attention through a letter of complaint duly signed by a complainant, to the Disciplinary Committee.
    1.2 Within five 5) school days from receipt of such report or complaint, the committee shall notify the respondent-student in writing stating therein the date and place where investigation will be conducted. The said notice shall also contain and advise to the respondent that he may be assisted by counsel if he desires during the investigation.
    1.3 During the investigation, the respondent shall have the right to conduct and / or cross –exam the compliant and witnesses against him and to present evidence on his own behalf. Other witnesses maybe called upon to shed more light on the matter under investigation.
    1.4 The investigation shall be finished within ten (10) school days from the date of initial hearing. Postponement shall be not allowed, except on meritorious grounds. Any delay in the early resolution of the case through the postponement made by the respondent or his counsel which will affect respondent’s performance in any of his / her subjects which disqualifies him / her from participating from graduation shall be borne by the respondent himself / herself.

    2. Acts Punishable by Suspension, Dishonorable Dismissal or Exclusion from MCC
    Within ten (10) school days from the date of the investigation’s formal closure, the respondent shall be informed of the decision of the committee and sanction or penalty to be imposed if the respondent shall be found guilty or deserving the same.

    3. Waiver of Further Investigation
    3.1 The respondent upon admission of his / her guilt may waive in further formal investigation.
    3.2 Within three (3) school days from such admission, the committee shall inform the respondent of the decision stating therein the penalty imposed.

    4. Appeal
    In case the respondent disagrees with the decision, he / she may appeal the same to the College Administrator or the Board of Trustees, within 5 days from the receipt thereof, otherwise, the decision holds and becomes final and executory.