USTP System president calls for immediate passage of Klarex’s House Bill seeking establishment of Lumbia Campus

By : Bbbbbb Bbbbbb Mindanao Today/05:14:58pm 08/26/2021


CAGAYAN DE ORO Rep. Rolando Uy’s pet House Bill 9653 which seeks the establishment of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) campus in Barangay Lumbia is nearing reality as it successfully hurdles the Committee on Higher and Technical Education (CHTE) on August 24, 2021.

No less than USTP System President Dr. Ambrosio Cultura II favorably endorsed the passage of the bill.

“With the Committee’s favorable action, the immediate passing of HB 9653 is therefore anticipated and supported by the USTP System as it continues to uphold its commitment to the delivery of its mandate and ultimately to the realization of its vision to be a nationally-recognized S&T university providing the vital link between education and the economy,” he said.

Cultura explained that Klarex’s pet bill is aligned with the mandate of the USTP System, which is “to provide education, higher technological, professional and advanced instruction in Mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Advance Research and Extension Work in human resource development in critical science and technology skill and competencies required for global competitiveness.”

The USTP System was established by virtue of RA 10919 which merged the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Cagayan de Oro City with the Claveria-based Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT).

“The establishment of the Lumbia Campus is indeed aligned with the mandate of the university. Lumbia presents a promising contribution toward socio-economic development from which the USTP System can support through the kind of quality education and training it can provide to the target students of Lumbia and neighboring barangays,” he said.

“House Bill 9653, introduced by Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy, compliments the USTP mandate and its meaningful impact to society, particularly in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City and its neighboring barangays,” Cultura added.

Rep. Uy expressed gratefulness to Cultura for his eloquent defense of the bill.

“I would like to thank Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultural II, president of the USTP System, for eloquently defending our bill before the committee and for persuasively expressing the intent and purposes of the bill, which is simply to make quality science and technology education more accessible to students,” he said.

Uy said that the CHTE passage of the bill without any objection is a step nearer to the realization of his “dream of providing quality education to the youth in the hinterland barangays of the city.”

The lawmaker also expressed his thanks to Dr. Raul Alvarez Jr., CHED-10 director for also supporting and endorsing the bill.

“For CHED-10, the creation of the USTP campus in Barangay Lumbia, which is about 15.7 kms. from the main campus of USTP… (is a) welcome development,” Alvarez said.

CHED Executive Director Atty. Cinderella Filipina S. Benitez-Jaro also supported the bill and called on the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to ensure that it the new campus, once established, will be funded.

“We interpose no objection to the bill,” said DBM-10 Chief Budget and Management Specialist Margarita Villamala in reply. She also urged the USTP to coordinate with the concerned local government unit (LGU) for the acquisition of the land where the new campus will be built.

Education is one of Klarex’s Five-point Agenda while in Congress as he strongly believes that “the empowerment of our people, especially the youth, can best be carried out through our educational system.”

“Our Constitution mandates us in government service to protect and promote the right of citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all (Section 1, Article XIV). The establishment of the USTP campus in Barangay Lumbia will support the socio-economic development of the area and its neighboring barangays, the city and the entire Northern Mindanao region,” Uy said. (PR)

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