House Bill converting CCC- UNP Candon into State College filed
Deputy speaker Eric Singson visited recently the campus of Candon Community College, University of Northern Philippines Branch, usually referred to as UNP Candon, and explained House Bill No. 6742 which he filed in the House of Representatives in a forum before the students and university staff.
Singson was accompanied by his wife former Congresswoman Grace Singson and some Candon City officials.
In his speech, Congressman Singson said that separating UNP Candon will make it independent from UNP main campus in Vigan and it will be managed by competent staff and will have its own budget. Singson stressed that with the enactment of Republic Act 6744 in 1975 merging the former Candon Community College (CCC) to the University of Northern Philippines (UNP), was the first step for CCC to grow.
There was however, a reservation to separate the CCC from UNP later to become independent and make it more progressive.
House Bill 6742 seeks to convert Candon Community College, University of Northern Philippines Branch, into a college to be known as North Luzon Philippines State College.
The new State College will provide advanced education, higher technological, professional and vocational instruction and training in sciences, arts, education, entrepreneurship, engineering, agriculture, medicine, law, nursing, architecture, business administration, hotel and restaurant management, tourism, information technology and related courses.
It will undertake research and extension services, and provide progressive leadership in its areas of specialization. It will offer undergraduate and graduate studies and other degree/courses, according to its capabilities to meet the needs of the Province of Ilocos Sur and Region 1.
The governing board of the College, under the proposed bill, is a Board of Trustees that will be composed of the chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as chair, the president of the College as vice chairperson while its members are: the chairs of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture of the Senate and the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives, the Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the President of the faculty association of the College, the President of the student council of the College, the President of the alumni association of the College, and the two prominent citizens from the private sector who have distinguished themselves in their profession or field of specialization of the College.
There was an initial reaction from some groups in the university when they first heard the conversion issue. According to them, the conversion of a university into a state college is an outright demotion.
They said that a lot of state colleges are aspiring to become a university, and UNP Candon under the bill, is a different and an isolated case. Some students even said that they enrolled in a university and they want to graduate in a university, not in a state college.
There was also a question why when UNP Candon was developed and attained some degree of progress then suddenly demands for its separation from the main campus?
During the forum, Mrs. Ma. Teresa Susan L. Manzano, UNP Candon campus secretary, shows through power point presentation the recent accomplishment of the University.
These are: the automation of enrolment starting first semester of SY 2009-2010, accreditation of five programs (BSE, BEED, AB, BSCS, BSBA), constructions of covered walk connecting all buildings of the Campus and waiting sheds along the front gate, several repairs such as the main gate of the campus, comfort rooms, repainting of classrooms and buildings, offering of a new course, the Bachelor of Science in Criminology, high passing performance in the 2008 Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET), increased of number of scholars, number of faculty attendance to conventions, seminars, workshops, and trainings, and an increased of number of faculty enrolment in Graduate Studies, among others.
In response to the presentation of Manzano, Congressman Singson said that he has no question nor have any argument with the progress attained by the university as presented by Mrs. Manzano. He said that he believe it will attain more when the proposed conversion will be approved.
In a separate interview, Congressman Singson, said that a conversion of a university into a state college is not necessarily a demotion, it is actually a promotion in the case of UNP Candon, because it will be free from the control of the main campus, will have its own budget, manage by a competent staff that will decide what courses shall be offered and that itemized positions and promotion will be decided by them.
The new college will offer courses that are offered in UNP Vigan, or other universities in San Fernando City, La Union and in Baguio City.
The case of UNP Candon is not an isolated issue because there are a lot of a similar cases in the country where a branch of a university wanted to be separated from its main campus.
One example is the pending bill filed by Congressman Samuel Dangwa of Mountain Province, the HB 2430 separating the Benguet State University-Buguias Campus in the Municipality of Buguias from the Benguet State University in the Municipality of La Trinidad, both in the Province of Benguet and converting it into a state college to be known as the Benguet Polytechnic State College.
Making UNP Candon independent from Vigan, is actually part of the 10-year development plan for the 2nd district of Ilocos Sur. Offering of more courses like engineering, medicine, law, courses on entrepreneurships, etc. will accommodate most students in the province rather than enrolling in other places to pursue their studies.
It is believed that the increase of students in Candon will bring positive results in the progress of businesses in the city where everybody will be benefited because of the fact that a lot of business establishments in Candon are owned and managed by the people from the nearby municipalities especially from the upland areas.
At present, the administration of University of Northern Philippines had expressed their support to the bill and to Congressman Singson.
They are one in saying that if it is for the betterment of the community and the people of the second district of Ilocos Sur, there is no reason for them to oppose it. University president Lauro B. Tacbas also said, in a meeting with the faculty and staff of UNP Candon, that he is supporting the bill of the good Congressman and even endorse it to the Philippine Association of State Colleges and Universities where he is the national president.*VGA
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