Philippine Congress has approved House Bill 4883, a bill that applies to public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) and post-secondary technical/vocational schools in the Philippines which have existing open learning and distance education programs and to others which will later be authorized as qualified implementors of such programs.
The bill was principally sponsored by Las Pinas representative Mark Villar.
It puts TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) as the government agencies in charge of regulating open learning and distance education with budgetary allotments to cover for this additional responsibilities on their end.
Here's hoping distance learning will also be available for all levels not just beyond high school.
Source: NewsBytes Philippines
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