House Bill 8140 authorizing the opening and funding of a provincial office of the Commission on Higher Education in Bacolod City, was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives in a plenary session Monday, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said yesterday.
The opening of a CHED provincial office in the city will make transactions more convenient, since both officials and students will not have to travel to Iloilo City where the CHED Regional Office is located, Gasataya added.
Negros Occidental has six state colleges and universities, operating in nine campuses in the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Sagay, Cadiz, and Kabankalan, and in the municipality of Binalbagan.
The bill will allow faster and easier transactions for government scholars and for administrators and faculty of state-owned or private colleges and universities in the province.
Gasataya, its principal author, celebrated this as well as the approval of House Bill 7044 setting the Bacolod City Charter Day to June 18.
“It is turning out to be a good week for me, and most of all the city ‒ two bills approved in only one day,” he said.
Gasataya’s co-authors were Representatives Ana Hofer (Zamboanga Sibugay, 1st District), Maximo Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro, 2nd District), Carlito Marquez (Lone District of Aklan), Eveline Escudero (Sorsogon, 1st District), Jose Tejada (North Cotabato, 3rd District), Michelle Antonio (AGBIAG Partylist), Leo Rafael Cueva (Negros Occidental, 2nd District);
Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez (ALONA Partylist), Jesulito Manalo (ANGKLA Partylist), Celso Lobregat (Zamboanga, 1st District), Enrico Pineda (PACMAN Partylist), Jocelyn Limkaichong (Negros Occidental, 1st District), Marie Arenas (Pangasinan, 3rd District) and Karlo Alexei Nograles (Davao, 1st District).*JAB
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