By Merlina Hernando Malipot
To help accelerate the socio-economic development of the country through the provision of quality and affordable higher education for the Filipino people, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) community urged President Rodrigo Duterte to sign into law the approved measure for the National Polytechnic University (NPU).
The Outstanding Alumni Circle of PUP, led by its convenor Dr. Fernando Martinez, hailed the passage of HB 8992 and SB 2124, which provided for the amendment of Presidential Decree 1341 otherwise known as the Charter of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
The revised Charter declares PUP as the National Polytechnic University and thereby strengthens its charter by granting fiscal autonomy and appropriating additional Php 3 billion to augment its existing budget to support its more or less 70,000 students, faculty members, and employees spread across its 22 branches and campuses throughout Luzon.
At present, PUP is the largest state university in the country in terms of population and is the single largest producer of professionals in business, education, economics, engineering, accountancy, architecture, and other social sciences.
Before the passage of RA10931 also known as the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education, PUP offers the lowest tuition fee amounting to P12.00 per unit but has consistently delivered quality education to promising Filipino youth. In fact, in the last three years, PUP graduates are considered as the most preferred employees by companies nationwide as revealed in a survey among employers.
Despite these achievements, “PUP’s annual budget pales in comparison with other State Universities; thus, the amendment in its Charter is deemed timely and appropriate,” said Martinez, who is also the Chairman of Eastern Petroleum Group of Companies.
Given this, the Outstanding Alumni Circle expressed its solidarity with the PUP community and the legislators who penned the NPU bill such as Senators Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Emmanuel Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian and their counterparts in the House led by Reps. Jose “Pingping” Tejada, Henry Ong, Eugene Michael De Vera, Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Divina Grace Yu, Peter John Calderon, Wilfredo Caminero, Gabriel Bordado Jr, Greg Gasataya, Pedro Acharon Jr., Alberto Ungab, Cecilia Leonila Chavez, Celestina “Chiqui” Roa-Puno, Gloria Labadlabad, Manuel Zubiri, Salvador Belaro Jr.,Ron Salo, John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto, Benhur Lopez Jr.,Allen Jesse Mangaoang, Marvey Marino, Joaquin Chipeco, Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Carlito Marquez, Rogelio Espina, Eric Olivarez, Bayani Fernando, Emmanuel Madrona, Elisa “Olga” Kho, Carlos Roman Uybarreta, Arlene Arcillas, Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao, France Castro, Jose “Lito” Atienza, Ann Hofer, Rolando Andaya Jr., Estrellita Suansing, Maria Carmen Zamora, Lianda Bolilia, Joseph Stephen Paduano, Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Ma.Lucille Nava,M.D., Renato “Kuya Jojo” Unico, and Evelyn Mellana.