Seventeen heads of different private and public member-schools of the Bikol Foundation for Higher Education (BFHE), Inc., came together for their First Regular Quarterly Board Meeting on February 7, 2012, with Bicol University as the host school.
Highlight of the meeting was the planning of activities for 2012-2013, where issues on the changes in the system of education were thrashed out. Particularly addressed were the amalgamation of schools and their typologies.
As President of the Foundation, BU President Fay M. Lauraya gave updates on the activities of the foundation, and asked other board members to give their updates as well. The BFHE secretary and President of University of North Eastern Philippines (UNEP) also gave a report on the successful BFHE Annual Conference and General Assembly held last October 7, 2011. This was followed by the financial report by the BFHE Treasurer and President of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) Naga.
During the planning of activities for the next two years, seriously discussed were implications of the soon-to-be-implemented K-12 curriculum, the proposed amalgamation of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and the proposed typologies of higher education in the Philippines. Most affected by the K-12 would be the private higher education institutions (HEIs) who greatly depend on enrollment to sustain the existence of their school.
To address the problems and issues raised, the BFHE plans to prepare a series of position papers which would be consolidated and made stronger by having other HEIs support them. ###