The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) clarified on Friday that its Final Closure Orders on the Philippine Maritime Institute's BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering (BSMarE) courses in its Manila and Quezon City campuses remain valid.
was issued after the Special 13th Division of the Court of Appeals (CA)
on May 24 granted CHED's petition to nullify the Temporary Restraining
Order (TRO) and Writ of Preliminary Injunction (WPI) that Judge Rosa
Samson of Branch 105, RTC, Quezon City issued in January 2012.
Order allowed the Philippine Maritime Institute (PMI) Colleges to
continue accepting enrollees despite CHED’s order to close its
non-compliant BS Marine Transportation (BSMT) and BS Marine Engineering
(BSMarE) courses," CHED said in a statement on June 7.
According to CHED, based on several rounds of inspection from 2006 to 2010
the PMI programs were "consistently non-compliant with the standards of
CHED and the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
In 2010, the European Maritime Safety Agency
conducted an independent audit of maritime schools in the country, and
found PMI to be grossly deficient.
CHED revealed its decision to shut down the BSMT and BSMarE programs in October of 2011.
Injunction Judge Samson issued in 2012 in favor of PMI effectively
prevented CHED from implementing its Final Closure Order of the
Institute’s deficient maritime programs," CHED said.
CHED, "the CA nullified the TRO and WPI because it considered the
issuance of Judge Samson’s Order a grave abuse of discretion since it
did not satisfy the three requirements under the law for its issuance."
CHED listed the three requirements:
PMI does not have a clear legal right since CHED had revoked government
recognition of PMI’s programs due to several uncorrected deficiencies
over the years.
Second, CHED is authorized by law to impose sanctions on educational institutions which fail to comply with its requirements.
as to the need for the Injunction, the CA found no urgent and paramount
need since the closure orders had been issued and fully implemented
before Judge Samson issued the Order.
CHED Chairperson Patricia
B. Licuanan “welcomes the Court of Appeals Decision. It affirms the
necessary and valuable support of the judicial system to the legitimate
reforms pursued by CHED, particularly in Maritime Education, which have
very serious implications for the employment of our Filipino seafarers
in the international maritime industry.”
Students who desire to
enroll in BSMT and BSMarE programs should enroll only in schools with
programs that are officially recognized by CHED, it reiterated.
According to a report
in May, 44 marine higher education institutions (MHEIs) were ordered to
close their BSMT programs. Meanwhile, 34 MHEIs offering BSME programs
were ordered to be closed by CHED. — Carmela Guanzon Lapeña/BM, GMA News