Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Third Regular Session
Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand twelve.
[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10230]
AN ACT CONVERTING THE QUIRINO STATE COLLEGE (QSC) IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF DIFFUN, PROVINCE OF QUIRINO INTO A STATE UNIVERSITY TO BE KNOWN AS THE QUIRINO STATE UNIVERSITY (QSU), INTEGRATING THEREWITH THE QUIRINO POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE (QPC) IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CABARROGUIS AND THE MADDELA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF MADDELA, ALL LOCATED IN THE PROVINCE OF QUIRINO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
- The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Chairperson;
- The President of the University, Vice Chairperson;
- The Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture of the Senate, member;
- The Chairperson of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives, member;
- The Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), member;
- The Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture (DA), member;
- The President of the federation of faculty associations of the University, member;
- The President of the federation of student councils of the University, member;
- The President of the federation of alumni associations of the University, member; and
- Two (2) prominent citizens from the private sector who have distinguished themselves in their profession or fields of specialization of the University, members.
The Board shall appoint the two (2) prominent citizens from among a list of at least five (5) qualified persons in the Province of Quirino, as recommended by the search committee constituted by the University President, in consultation with the Chairperson of the CHED and the other members of the Board, based on the normal standards and qualifications for the position.
The term of office of the President of the federation of faculty associations, the President of the federation of student councils and the President of the federation of alumni associations shall be coterminous with their respective terms of office, as set forth in their respective constitutions and by laws.
(b) To promulgate rules and regulations not contrary to law as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and functions of the University;
(c) To receive and appropriate all sums as may be provided for the support of the University in the manner it may determine in its discretion, in order to carry out the purposes and functions of the University;
(d) To import economic, technical and cultural books and/or publications;
(e) To receive in trust legacies, gifts and donations of real and personal properties of all kinds and to administer and dispose of the same when necessary for the benefit of the University, and subject to the limitations, directions and instructions of the donor, if any;
(f) To fix the tuition fees and other necessary school charges such as, but not limited to, matriculation fees, graduation fees and laboratory fees, as the Board may deem proper to impose, after due consultations with the involved sectors. Such fees and charges, including government subsidies and other income generated by the University, shall constitute special trust funds and shall be deposited in any authorized government depository bank, and all interests that shall accrue therefrom shall form part of the same funds for the use of the University.
Any provision of existing laws, rules and regulations to the contrary notwithstanding, any income generated by the University from tuition fees and other charges, as well as from the operation of auxiliary services and land grants, shall be retained by the University, and may be disbursed by the Board for instruction, research, extension or other programs/projects of the University:Provided, That all fiduciary fees shall be disbursed for the specific purposes for which these are collected.
If, for reasons beyond its control, the University shall not be able to pursue any project for which the funds have been appropriated and allocated under its approved program of expenditures, the Board may authorize the use of said funds for any reasonable purpose which, in its discretion, may be necessary and urgent for the attainment of the objectives and goals of the University;
(g) To adopt and implement a socialized scheme of tuition and school fees for greater access to poor but deserving students:
(h) To authorize the construction or repair of its buildings, machinery, equipment and other facilities, and the purchase and acquisition of real property, including necessary supplies, materials and equipment;
(i) To appoint upon recommendation of the President of the University, Vice Presidents, deans, directors, heads of campuses, faculty members and other officials and employees of the University;
(j) To fix and adjust salaries of faculty members and administrative officials and employees, subject to the provisions of the Revised Compensation and Position Classification System and other pertinent budget and compensation laws governing hours of service, and such other duties and conditions as it may deem proper; to grant them, at its discretion, leaves of absence under such regulations as it may promulgate, any provision of existing law to the contrary notwithstanding; and to remove them for cause in accordance with the requirements of due process of law;
(k) To approve the curricula, instructional programs and rules of discipline drawn by the Administrative and Academic Councils herein provided;
(l) To set policies on admission and graduation of students;
(m) To award honorary degrees upon persons in recognition of their outstanding contribution in the fields of education, public service, arts, science and technology, agriculture or in any field of specialization within the academic competence of the University; and to authorize the awarding of certificates of completion of nondegree and nontraditional courses;
(n) To establish and absorb nonchartered tertiary institutions within the Province of Quirino as branches and centers in coordination with the CHED, and in consultation with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and to offer therein programs or courses, to promote and carry out equal access to educational opportunities as mandated by the Constitution;
(o) To establish research and extension centers of the University where such will promote the development of the latter;
(p) To establish professorial chairs in the University and to provide fellowships for qualified faculty members and scholarships to deserving students;
(q) To delegate any of its powers and duties provided for hereinabove to the President and/or other officials of the University as it may deem appropriate, so as to expedite the administration of the affairs of the University;
(r) To authorize an external management audit of the University, to be financed by the CHED, subject to the rules and regulations of the Commission on Audit (COA); and to institute reforms, including academic and structural changes, on the basis of the audit results and recommendations;
(s) To collaborate with other governing boards of the state colleges and universities within the Province of Quirino or Region II, under the supervision of the CHED and in consultation with the DBM, and work towards the restructuring of the University to become more efficient, relevant, productive and competitive;
(t) To enter into joint ventures with business and industry for the profitable development and management of the economic assets of the University, the proceeds from which shall be used for the development and strengthening of the University;
(u) To develop consortia and other economic forms of linkages with local government units (LGUs), institutions and agencies, both public and private, local and foreign, in the furtherance of the purposes and objectives of the University;
(v) To develop academic arrangements for institutional capability building with appropriate institutions and agencies, public and private, local and foreign, and to appoint experts/specialists as consultants, part-time or visiting or exchange professors, scholars or researchers, as the case may be;
(w) To set up the adoption of modern and innovative modes of transmitting knowledge such as the use of information technology, the dual learning system, open or distance education and community laboratory for the promotion of greater access to education;
(x) To establish policy guidelines and procedures for participative decision-making and transparency within the University;
(y) To privatize, where most advantageous to the University, the management of nonacademic services such as health, food, building or grounds or property maintenance and such other similar activities; and
(z) To extend the term of the President of the University beyond the age of retirement but not beyond the age of seventy (70), whose performance has been unanimously rated by the Board as outstanding based on the guidelines, qualifications and/or standards set by the Board, after unanimous recommendation by the search committee.
A quorum of the Board shall consist of majority of all its members holding office at the time of the meeting: Provided, however, That the Chairperson of the Board or the President of the University is among those present in the meeting.
In one’s absence, the Chairperson of the CHED shall designate a Commissioner as representative in the meeting with all the rights and responsibilities of a regular member: Provided, however, That during this meeting, the President of the University as Vice Chairperson shall be the Presiding Officer: Provided, further, That this proviso notwithstanding, the Chairperson of the CHED is hereby authorized to designate a CHED Commissioner as the regular Chair of the Board, in which case said CHED Commissioner shall act as the Presiding Officer.
In case the Chairpersons of the Congressional Committees on Education shall not be able to attend the Board meeting, they may duly designate their respective representatives to attend the said meeting, who shall have the same rights and responsibilities as a regular member of the Board.
The members of the Board shall not receive any salary but shall be entitled to reimbursements for actual and necessary expenses incurred, either in their attendance to meetings of the Board or in connection with other official business authorized by resolution of the Board, subject to existing laws and regulations.
Within six (6) months before the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent President, of the University, the Board shall constitute the Search Committee for the Presidency (SCP).
In case of vacancy in the Office of the President by reason of death, compulsory retirement, resignation, removal for cause or incapacity of the President to perform the functions of the office, the Board shall designate an Officer-in-Charge of the University within six (6) months from the date of vacancy, pending the appointment of a new President. The successor or the Officer-in-Charge shall serve only the unexpired portion of the term.
The powers and duties of the President of the University, in addition to those specifically provided in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the Office of the President of similar universities, and those delegated by the Board.
The salary of the President of the University shall be in accordance with the Revised Compensation and Position Classification System and shall be comparable to that being received by the Presidents of similar educational institutions.
The President of the University shall be assisted by a Vice President for Academic Affairs, a Vice President for Administration and a Vice President for Research and Development, Extension Services and Training, who shall be appointed by the Board upon recommendation of the President.
The Academic Council shall have the power to review and recommend the curricular offerings and rules of discipline of the University, subject to the approval of the Board. It shall fix the requirements for the admission of students, as well as for their graduation and conferment of degrees, subject to review and approval by the Board through the President of the University. It shall have the disciplinary power over students of the University and shall formulate academic policies and rules and regulations on discipline, subject to the approval of the Board.
No student shall be denied admission to the University by reason of sex, religion, cultural or community affiliation or ethnic origin.
The employees so detailed shall perform such duties as required of them by the President of the University, and the time so employed shall be counted as part, of their regular services.
All parcels of land belonging to the government occupied by the QSC, the QPC and the MIT are hereby declared to be property of the University and shall be titled under that name: Provided, That should the University cease to exist, or be abolished or should such parcels of land aforementioned be no longer needed by the University, the same shall revert to the Province of Quirino or the Republic of the Philippines, as the case may be.
Donations in any form to the University shall be exempt from the donor’s tax and the same shall be considered as allowable deduction from the gross income in the computation of the income tax of the donor, in accordance with the provisions of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended.
(a) Submit a five (5)-year development plan, including its corresponding program budget to the CHED, for corresponding recommendation to the DBM;
(b) Undergo a management audit in cooperation with the CHED; and
(c) Set up its organizational, administrative as well as academic structure, including the appointment of the key officials of the University.
|(Sgd.) JUAN PONCE ENRILE
President of the Senate
|(Sgd.) FELICIANO BELMONTE JR.
Speaker of the House
This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on May 16, 2011 and July 24, 2012, respectively.
|(Sgd.) EMMA LIRIO-REYES
Secretary of the Senate
|(Sgd.) MARILYN B. BARUA-YAP
House of Representatives
Approved: OCT 19, 2012
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines