On 9 December 2014, President Benigno Aquino, Jr. signed RA 10650 into law. Also known as the Open and Distance Learning Law, it aims to democratize access to quality tertiary education through open and distance learning (ODL). The law designated the UP Open University to promote ODL best practices through the provision of capacity building programs for other institutions. UPOU shall also assist the Commission on Higher Education in formulating policies for the development of ODL in the country.