/ 7 September 2022

SENATOR Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Estrada sought the repeal of the Higher Education Act of 1994 to strengthen the Commission on Higher Education.

He filed Senate Bill 676 or the proposed Revised Higher Education Act of 2022 which aims to repeal Republic Act 7722, the law that created CHED.

Estrada said that over the years, several laws were enacted related to higher education, most of which gave additional mandates to CHED without creating the necessary structures and systems to properly implement them.

“Hence, the need to amend the law to strengthen CHED and enable it to effectively fulfill its mandate,” the senator said in his explanatory note.

Estrada’s measure expands CHED’s mandate to cover sports development, supervision and regulation of higher education programs offered by local universities and colleges, developing common standards for accrediting agencies and internationalization of higher education institutions.

The bill also mandates the establishment of a national registry for academic information and mobility and strengthening quality assurance.

It will also create the necessary offices in CHED that will enable it to fulfill its added mandates and increased personnel that will ensure their effective and efficient implementation.