HB 320 – An Act Amending RA 6728 (GASTPE)

FOURTEENTH CONGRESS )
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES )
FIRST REGULAR SESSION )

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

House Bill No. 320

 

 

Introduced by Representative Lorenzo R. Tañada III

AN ACT
AMENDING SECTION 10 OF REPUBLIC ACT 6728 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN PRIVATE EDUCATION (GASTPE)

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

SECTION 1. Section 10 of Republic Act 6728 otherwise known as the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in private Education is hereby amended to read as follows:

“Section 10. Consultation – AT LEAST SIX MONTHS PRIOR TO [In] any proposed IMPLEMENTATION OF AN increase in the rate of tuition fee AND/OR OTHER SCHOOL FEES, there shall be a COMPREHENSIVE AND appropriate consultation conducted by the school administration with the duly organized parents and teacher associations, [and] faculty [associations] AND NON-ACADEMIC FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS with respect to ELEMENTARY AND secondary schools, and with students, governments, or councils, alumni, faculty [and] NON ACADEMIC FACULTY ASSOCIATIONS with respect to colleges. NOTICE OF THE ACTUAL DATE OF CONSULTATION SHALL BE GIVEN TO CONCERNED SECTORS AND CONSPICUOUSLY POSTED ON ALL THE SCHOOL BULLETIN BOARDS BEFOREHAND. AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, EXPANSION AND INVESTMENT PLANS, CURRENT SALARIES AND PLANNED SALARY INCREASES FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES OF THESE SECTORS AT LEAST FIFTEEN (15) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF CONSULTATION. For this purpose, [audited financial statements shall be made available to authorized representatives of these sectors.] “CONSULTATION” MEANS HOLDING A MEETING OR DIALOGUE WITH THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ABOVE-MENTIONED SECTORS, WHERE THEY CAN DEMOCRATICALLY EXPRESS THEIR POSITIONS ON THE PROPOSED INCREASE ON TUITION FEES AND OTHER SCHOOL FEES. Every effort shall be exerted to reconcile possible differences.

In case of disagreement, AN ARBITRATION BODY SHALL BE CREATED COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF the alumni association of the school or any other impartial body [of their choosing shall act as arbitor] COMPOSED OF PEOPLE MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE TO CONCERNED PARTIES AND SECTORS TO RESOLVE ALL THE DIFFERENCES WITHIN FITEEN (15) CALENDAR DAYS.

ANY DECISION MADE BY THE ARBITRATION BODY SHALL BE APPEALABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DEPED) IN CASE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY LEVELS, AND THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED) IN THE CASE OF TERTIARY LEVELS.

ALL APPEALS AND MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION REFERRED TO THE DEPED AND CHED SHALL BE RESOLVED WITHIN THIRTY (30) CALENDAR DAYS. NO INCREASES IN TUITION AND/OR OTHER SCHOOL FEES SHALL BE COLLECTED OR IMPLEMENTED PENDING THE FINAL DECISION OF THE DEPED OR CHED.

NO STUDENT OR PARENT SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN ANY CONTRACT OR AGREEMENT RESPECTING INCREASES IN TUITION AND OTHER SCHOOL FEES AS A PRE-CONDITION FOR ENROLLMENT OR FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

SECTION 2. All laws, decrees, ordinances, rules and regulations, inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,

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