Mindanao Times

Cotabato City government shuts down private school


COTABATO CITY -- The Cotabato City government has ordered the closure of a private college here on Monday for failure to secure a business permit and other requiremen­ts.

Aniceto Rasalan, secretary of Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, said the Mindanao Capitol Colleges, Incorporat­ed (MCCI), failed to apply for a business permit to legalize its operation this year.

“(The) lack of accreditat­ion from CHED was one of the reasons why MCC could not apply for renewal of business permit from the city government,” Rasalan said, referring to the Commission on Higher Education accreditat­ion certificat­e.

Rasalan said the school, located along Roman Vilo Street, Cotabato City, also violated the local revenue code.

“Estudyante ang pinakaapek­tado (Students are greatly affected),” Rasalan said, adding that more than 500 students are affected by the closure. MCCI offers education, commerce and arts and sciences, criminolog­y and other vocational and technical education courses.

“It is sad MCC has been accepting students even its applicatio­n for renewal of accreditat­ion with CHED is still pending and for its failure to seek a business permit from the city government,” Rasalan said.

The Philippine News Agency tried but failed to reach MCCI officials for comments on the issue.

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