/ 22 December 2022

CAGAYAN de Oro 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez has filed a measure that seeks to establish the Philippine Higher Education Career System.

House Bill 6650 or the proposed Philippine Higher Education Career System or the Phil-HECS Act aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the institutional governance of State Universities and Colleges.

The measure also seeks to strengthen the competencies of SUC executives and managers, and to promote individual accountability to contribute in improving the quality of higher education in the country.

“There is an urgent need to institutionalize and strengthen Philippine Higher Education System by investing on the recruitment and selection of competent leadership in state-run higher education institutions’ executive personnel, especially in preparation for the unique demands of leading State Universities and Colleges,” Rodriguez said in his explanatory note.

The lawmaker further said that the establishment of a merit-based career system specifically designed for the public higher education sector shall bring about greater institutional accountability, train key competencies and strengthen public management.

It will also enhance academic leadership, provide capability development, promote career progress from recruitment and selection up to retirement, and contribute to compliance with global standards and international best practices.