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State university launched
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

KABANKALAN CITY – While other state universities and colleges are complaining about cuts in government subsidies, the Central Philippines State University (CPSU), formerly the Negros State College of Agriculture (NSCA), is expected to get more support aside from an increase of its budget, Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) yesterday said.

The school budget is about P60 million annually.

Alvarez, principal author of Republic Act 10228, that converted NSCA to a state university, said the increase in budget, including that of its satellite campuses, depends on the needs of CPSU which will be presented by its president, Dr. Freddie Maningo, to the Regional Development Council and at budget hearings in Congress.

She said she is opposed to the slashing of budgets for state universities and colleges, and that there will be no tuition increase in CPSU, an announcement that elicited a thunderous applause from its students.

Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr., who had sponsored the conversion of the Negros Occidental Agricultural College to NSCA in 2001, said his daughter will also fund the road concreting project inside the main campus, and provide additional computers.

CPSU has seven satellite campuses in Negros Occidental, with about 6,000 students, and primarily offers agriculture-related courses.

Rep. Alvarez said Mayor Andrew Montelibano has also signified his intention to put up a CPSU satellite campus in Murcia.

With its status as a university, Alvarez, who had served as faculty member for two years, suggested to the school administration to offer a veterinary medicine course.

The school was established as the Negros State College of Agriculture in 1946 and converted to Negros Occidental Agriculture College in 1977, with an area of 4,000 hectares.

The vice governor said aside from the 1,500 scholars of his daughter, who are studying at CPSU, he said he will grant scholarships to 500 poor but deserving students in each town and city of Negros Occidental, or 15,500 scholars, if he wins as governor.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), co-author of RA 10228, said by attaining its university status, CPSU, the lone state university in Negros Occidental, is expected to provide quality education to its students.

The launching of CPSU at its main campus in Kabankalan City was also attended by CHED regional director Virginia Resurreccion, Mayor Oscar Montilla of Sipalay, Candoni Mayor Jake Manzano, Cauayan Mayor John Rey Tabujara, Kabankalan City Mayor Isidro Zayco, Moises Padilla Mayor Francisco Nazareno, former San Carlos City Mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson, and Board Members Helen Zafra and Pedro Zayco, among others.*GPB

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