House Bill 8732 converting the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and all its satellite campuses in Bacolod and Talisay cities, and Binalbagan town into a state university, to be known as the Carlos Hilado Memorial State University, was approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading Monday.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said that after the approval of the bill, which he filed early last year, they will be waiting for the approval of its Senate version.
He was informed by the staff of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV that a series of public hearings were already conducted by the Senate, Gasataya said. Once the Senate version of the bill is approved, it will be submitted to the president for his signature, he added.
Gasataya said he is thankful to his colleagues in the Lower House and the Committee on Higher and Technical Education for the fast approval of the bill. He also thanked the CHED and the administration and staff of CHMSC for preparing all the necessary documents to substantiate that there is basis for its conversion into a university.
The advantage of CHMSC being converted into a state university is its prestige, the additional budget for the school and funds for infrastructure that it will be provided, Gasataya said.
He filed the bill seeing the advantage it will give the students in terms of improving the quality of education, as well as its benefits for the teachers, he said.
The bill was authored by Gasataya, Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) and Rep. Alejandro Mirasol (Neg. Occ., 5th District).*
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