Mandaue scholars’ cry: Keep our scholarship

MARIA Reyes, a 23-year-old scholar in her second year at the Mandaue City College (MCC), fears for her college scholarship.

She is among the 2,200 scholars who will be affected by the MCC’s failure to get accredited by the Unified Financial Assistance System for Tertiary (UniFast) program under the Commission on Higher Education (Ched).

The MCC failed to get approval due to the lack of requirements such as unfilled plantilla positions.

However, the Mandaue City government promised to shoulder the cost of the scholars’ education until the MCC gets certification.

Reyes is hoping that the MCC gets its certification soon as her part-time job will not be sufficient to pay for her tuition.

Similarly, third year college student Joselito Santos, 19, also fears he can’t afford to pay the tuition fee if the UniFast will not be granted.

Santos said his mother enrolled him in MCC so he could continue his education because she can no longer afford to send him to a private college.

Reyes, Santos, and the MCC scholars are hoping that this delisting of the MCC from the UniFast is only temporary.


MCC first got its UniFast accreditation in 2019, but it failed to get a reaccreditation in 2022 due to a lack of requirements.

Ched required adding more plantilla positions in the MCC programs and for the city college to improve its facilities.

Dr. Lilybeth Mayol, the administrator of MCC, explained to reporters on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, that for the MCC to retain its free scholarship under UniFast, it needs to have a certificate of program for compliance (COPC) first to get an institutionalized recognition (IR) for the UNIFAST.

She said they are now hiring personnel to fill in their plantilla positions and added more classrooms.

Mayol added they are now already at 90 percent for the completion of the requirements for the Unifast.

MCC has 2,200 students with 70 instructors but only 10 regular employees.