SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
12 October 2021 06:13:34 PM
The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Rep. Mark Go (Lone District, Baguio City) approved several bills Tuesday, supporting the expansion, conversion, as well as the renaming of certain state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country. The committee adopted House Resolution 2189, commemorating the 60th founding anniversary of the Mindanao State University (MSU) and commending the institution for its invaluable contribution to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region and its people. The resolution is authored by Deputy Speaker Mujiv Hataman and Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan (Party-list, AMIN), who sponsored it during the hearing. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) OIC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Lily Frieda Milla said it’s about time that the MSU is commended for its many contributions to higher education. Secondly, the committee approved House Bill 9428, which would establish an MSU campus in the Municipality of Munai in Lanao del Norte, to be known as the MSU-Munai Campus. Bill author Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) said the primary intention of the bill is peace. “It is not only education (that) we are after but the continuous peace and development of our province through the unity of our people,” Dimaporo said. He said Muslims and Christians can be together at the proposed MSU campus. Milla said the CHED interposes no objection to the creation of external campuses for more access to quality education. Thirdly, the committee passed HB 9924, which would convert the Bataan Peninsula State University Bagac Extension Campus in the Municipality of Bagac, Bataan, into a regular campus of the Bataan Peninsula State University, to be known as the Bataan Peninsula State University-Bagac Campus. Bill author Rep. Jose Enrique ‘Joet’ Garcia III (2nd District, Bataan) explained that the conversion would augment the capacity and resources of the campus to provide quality education, as well as enhance and sustain its operations. Lastly, the panel approved HB10170, renaming the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) in Camarines Sur to Gov. Luis R. Villafuerte University of Agriculture. Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr. (2nd District, Camarines Sur) said his father was the longest serving governor of Camarines Sur. “He also served three terms in the House of Representatives as one of its most prolific and passionate legislators. His unrelenting dedication in championing the agriculture and education sector is shown in his active participation as CBSUA’s Board Member until his demise on Sept. 8, 2021,” Villafuerte said. He said his bill’s simple intention is to honor his father’s memory and advocacy. Meanwhile, the committee will hold a joint meeting with the Committee on Economic Affairs to tackle HB 10175 that would establish the Catanduanes State University Agro-Industrial Economic and Processing Zone.