Tabuk City, Kalinga – Kalinga lawmaker Allen Jesse Mangaoang moved to refile a bill, seeking the establishment of a Provincial Office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in Kalinga to provide easy access for the educational concerns of the public, especially students.
The establishment of a CHED field office in the province is seen as great ease in transacting higher education-related work, important documents, and some higher education institution issues as workers in the field and students no longer need to travel to the region’s center.
Mangaoang proposed House Bill No. 730 in the 19th Congress, as refiled bill from the 18th Congress which has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
On the official website of the Philippine Congress, the previous bill appeared to have been vetoed by then President Rodrigo Duterte on May 26, 2022.
The renewed push to establish the CHED Office in Kalinga
Determined to help Kalinga youth and teachers, the solon pushed another measure with the aim to achieve the same goal on July 27.
In his explanatory note, Mangaoang explained stakeholders from the academe, including staff and administrators of higher learning institutions, as well as students, have to travel far and wide with the 300-kilometer distance from the province to the CHED Regional Office situated in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Other than the eight-to-twelve-hour travel, the stakeholders need to spend huge amount of money to reach and transact with the CHED Regional Office.
The solon believes the lack of access to government agencies and programs has caused poor students to drop out of college.
“Education is widely seen as a tool to improve the socio-economic status of a person, and that better access to education will not only improve the economic life of the people but even their social and political conditions. Sadly though, not all of our youths get to reach the tertiary level of education due to financial constraints,” said Mangaoang.
The approval of his proposed bill will make the processing of applications for scholarship grants, securing documents for employment purposes, and other services accessible to the public.
The bill is currently pending with the Committee on Higher and Technical Education.
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