By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution seeking the establishment of Cebu Technological University (CTU)-Cebu City North District Campus in the first congressional district of Cebu City.
House Resolution 2496, principally authored by Cebu Rep. Raul del Mar and Zamboanga Sibugay Rep. Ann K. Hofer hurdled the Lower Chamber on February 8 before Congress adjourned to pave way for the election campaign.
“College education is considered the key towards a better life and the path to exit from poverty and ignorance,” Del Mar said.
He said the establishment of the CTU extension campus in Barangay Guba, Cebu City was necessary in providing greater access to quality and affordable college education, especially for the big number of underprivileged families and students residing in the mountainous barangays in the first congressional district of Cebu City.
The veteran lawmaker noted that the first congressional district of Cebu City is host to 17 mountainous barangays, with Barangay Guba strategically located at the center of the city’s north district, and with a combined population of more than 160,000 people.
“The establishment of the CTU-Cebu City North District Campus will address the growing need for trained human resources to support both the requirements for economic activities of the first district and the city’s fast-developing industries, and help realize their continuing goal of becoming a human resource and productivity hub,” according to House Resolution 2496.
“It will also respond to the clamor of the local government officials, sectoral leaders, students and the rest of the citizens of Cebu City to provide the growing youth population with quality and affordable territory education that is relevant and responsive to their needs and sustain the economic development in the area,” it added.
Under the resolution, the CTU Board of Regents, acting motu proprio, has the power to approve the merits of the petition to establish a CTU Campus in Barangay Guba, subject to compliance with the requirements of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on the standards of quality education and institutional sustainability of the proposed extension campus.
HR 2496 calls on the CTU Board of Regents to establish the CTU-Cebu City North District Campus, subject to substantial compliance with the requirements prescribed by the CHED governing the establishment and operation of extension or satellite campuses.
The House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, chaired by Rep. Paolo Javier endorsed the plenary passage of the resolution on Feb. 7, 2019.