The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will not recognize the degree programs offered by the Mandaue City College located at H. Abellana St., Basak, Mandaue City.

The said MCC in Basak is a being operated by Dr. Paulus Mariae L. Cañete. It is not affiliated with the Mandaue City College located at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, Don Andres Soriano Avenue, Centro, Mandaue City and is currently headed by Atty. Ernesto C. Maringuran. The MCC in Centro is one of CHED’s newly recognized Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs).

CHED Chairman Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera III said in a Notice to the Public dated July 9 that the Cañete-run MCC “has no legal or juridical personality for lack of government permit / authority from the Commission.”

Chairman De Vera’s pronouncement is based from the Court of Appeals – Sixth Division decision in the case entitled “Mandaue City College (MCC), represented by Dr. Paulus Mariae L. Cañete vs Commission on Higher Education” affirming the earlier decision of Regional Trial Court, Branch 216, Quezon City.

CHED initially issued a closure order against the Cañete-run MCC on December 3, 2010.

In line with the Commission’s decision, Chairman De Vera advised students currently enrolled at the Cañete-run MCC to transfer to any CHED-recognized higher education institutions. He also ordered the CHED Regional Office VII to assist the affected students.

Meanwhile, graduates of the Cañete-run MCC will also not be allowed to take any licensure examinations administered by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) in accordance to Joint CHED-PRC Circular Number 01, Series of 2010.

The Commission has been weeding-out non-compliant Higher Education Institution. It created a Task Force composed of designated officials from the CHED Legal and Legislative Service, Office of Programs and Standards Development, and CHED Regional Offices. This initiative has resulted in the closure and phase-out of 779 non-compliant or deficient programs since 2010.

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