By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking the establishment of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)-Cabiao Campus in Nueva Ecija.
House Bill 9017, principally authored by Nueva Ecija Rep. Magnolia Rosa Antonino, hurdled the chamber on Feb. 6, two days before Congress adjourned session to pave way for the election campaign.
The bill calls for the setting up of a PUP campus in the municipality of Cabiao in Nueva Ecija to benefit poor, but deserving students in the remote municipality.
“This bill is a concrete gesture to the growing clamor of the people in the municipality of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija to have a quality and affordable tertiary educational institution accessible to all,” Antonino said.
“The establishment of PUP-Cabiao Branch will certainly provide refuge for students from poor families in this part of the country as university education outside of the province entails collateral expenses such as boarding house rentals, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses,” she said.
HB 9017 provides that the PUP-Cabiao Branch shall offer graduate, undergraduate and short-term technical-vocational courses within its areas of specialisation and according to its capabilities, as the Board of Regents (BOR) may deem necessary to carry out its objectives, particularly to meet the needs of the province and the Central Luzon Region.
Under the bill, the PUP-Cabiao campus is mandated to undertake research and extension services, and to provide progressive leadership in these areas, including the offering of graduate degrees under the PUP Open University System.
HB 9017 provides that the campus shall be headed by a branch administrator, who shall render full-time service and who shall be appointed or designated by the BOR upon the recommendation of the search committee and the President, subject to the guidelines, qualifications and standards set by the BOR.
The bill provides that the amount necessary to carry out the provisions of the proposed Act shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.