CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III, in his keynote message during the Cordillera Higher Education Summit on August 9 here, called on state universities and colleges (SUCs) and private higher education institution (HEIs) in the region to work together and help the government in improving the standard of higher education, as well as in bringing more young people, especially from the marginalized sector, to benefit from the country’s free tertiary education program
According to De Vera, RA 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA) would be the most enduring legacy of the Duterte Administration as through the law, the Philippines will produce more Filipinos who are better educated, highly trained and more employable and who will be the engines of growth for the country.
He informed that the transformation of the higher education system in the country is already underway, focusing on ensuring equity, access and quality in tertiary education that is also aligned to the national, regional (Asia) and global perspective.
“We have to make it succeed not only because it is a law but because it is our responsibility”, he stressed.
“I am a proud product of public education system. I believe it is also my responsibility to try to make the same opportunity for other Filipinos,” he added.
In the summit with the theme, “Transformative Higher Education: 25 Years of Facilitating Opportunities, Access, Equity, and Global Excellence in Higher Education,” the participants were oriented and updated on UAQTEA, including the roadmap towards the country’s socio – economic development goal of “Ambisyon 2040.”
Officials from SUCs in Abra, Benguet, Ifugao and Kalinga as well as University of the Philippines – Baguio, Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras and University of Baguio, also shared their exemplary higher education programs and practices. (JDP/CCD with Maria Aprila Cruz-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar