A resolution requesting Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia to consider the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Taculing for Bacolod City College classrooms, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
Authored by Councilor El Cid Familiaran, the resolution saidit is a fact that the rising costs of commodities have adversely affected every Filipino household.
Such price increase of commodities triggered a domino effect on other necessities and or services, one of those is the increase of school tuition fees andother related fees, it said.
Theresolution said in the previous school year (2011-2012), the average fees for private colleges and universities in Bacolod was P641.31 per unit or P1,923.93 per subject, which resulted in approximately P15,391.44 per semester or P30,782.88 a year for every student.
Because of the prohibitive cost of schooling in private schools, a big chunk of students residing in the city have transferred to the Bacolod City College, whose tuition fee is only P30 per unit or P240 per subject, and whose costs per semester is P1,920 or P3,840 a year, far lower than that of private schools, making it the last resort for the family and students to pursue a college degree, it said.
Withthe impending 5 percent to 15 percent increase in tuition fee and other fees of private schools for this school year 2012-2013, it is certain that many of our students in the city will opt to transfer to the BCC, making it a more populous public tertiary school, the resolution said.
With the BCC student population growing yearly, a demand for more classrooms is urgent, it said.
The resolution said thatwith the transfer of the City Engineer’s Office to the Bacolod City Government Center, the space or building it had vacated now becomes viable and adequate for the classrooms needed by BCC.*CGS