MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said there is nothing stopping universities from returning to the old academic calendar and school opening after deciding to change it.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the decision of the University of the Philippines (except UP Diliman) and Ateneo de Manila University to adopt the August-May school calendar for college students came after much study.
"Siguro naman reasonableng isipin at sabihin na bago nila narating 'yung desisyon na 'yun ay pinag-aralan naman nilang mabuti at kung sa kinabukasan mayroon silang makitang hindi mainam na epekto nito, wala naman siguro ding pumipigil sa kanila na baguhin," he said.
"It would be prudent for these institutions to just adopt an open attitude at ituring na ang mga isinasagawa nilang ito ay experimental in character."
The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and University of the Philippines (UP) System on Thursday approved the academic calendar shift from June-March to August-May.
In a post in its official Facebook page, the Philippine Collegian, the official student publication of UP-Diliman, quoted UP Student Regent Krista Megarejo as saying that the UP Board of Regents has approved the shift of the academic calendar from June to August starting academic year 2014-2015.
Only UP Diliman will keep the same academic calendar "due to opposition registered by sectors."
ADMU, meanwhile, said the shift in its academic calendar will take effect in 2015. The change covers the university's Loyola Schools and Professional Schools.
The De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) have also expressed openness to changing the school calendar.
The plan to change the academic calendar is in preparation for the economic integration of the Southeast Asian region in 2015.
Under the scheme, Philippine universities are expected to attract foreign students and facilitate the enrollment abroad of Filipino students and faculty members.