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P25M research center up

The P25-million research and extension center of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College will rise soon in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.

The CHMSC-Fermin Campus Research and Extension Center, that will be located at Alicante, E.B. Magalona, will be the venue of the school's research center that focuses on sharing its expertise and technology to the community, its president, Renato Sorolla, said yesterday.

“As a college, we have the responsibility to share in community development, and this new campus will be a home for researches on technology, education, and arts and sciences,” Sorolla said in an interview with the DAILY STAR.

The 3-hectare lot where the extension campus is located was donated by the family of E.B. Magalona Vice Mayor Robert Acaling, and the land title was turned over in a ceremony yesterday at the CHMSC main campus in Talisay City.

The construction of the facilities in the town is ongoing, Sorolla said, adding that Senator Juan Miguel Zuburi has pledged this year that he will allot a budget for the construction of the buildings.

The P25M budget for the 12 buildings proposed to be built on the Fermin Campus has already been included in the 2019 budget of the campus, he added.

“If we have a budget source for it this year, we will immediately start the construction,” he said.

Apart from research initiatives for the community, the new campus will also host adult and continuing education as it will not automatically be a campus that can hold college classes.

Sorolla said CHMSC has the biggest college population among the state universities and colleges in Western Visayas, with 11,000 students, and this new campus will help the faculty and the students to come up with researches that can “transform communities.”

Continuing education in the campus will also tackle topics on issues like drug addiction, gender and development, climate change, community relations and governance, and conflict resolution.

“The expertise from the students and the academic personnel will be shared with the people from the community, who are our clientele,” he said. *MLG


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