President Duterte signs the establishment of PUP Sablayan

Buellah May P. Convento, News, Communication Management Office

After almost six years of waiting, President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the law establishing PUP Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro as a satellite campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to ensure free education to poor but deserving students.

On August 9, 2018, Duterte signed into law the Republic Act (RA) 11056 or the “PUP Sablayan Campus Act” officially establishing the satellite campus.

Under the law, the campus shall offer graduate, undergraduate and short-term technical-vocational courses within its areas of specialization and according to its capabilities, to meet the needs of the province and the MIMAROPA region.

The campus will also undertake research and extension services, which, according to the Food and Agriculture Office (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), play a crucial role in the agricultural and rural development and they are central to realizing the potential of agricultural innovation.

According to Sablayan Mayor Eduardo Gadiano, through the passage of the law, the funds for the operations of the PUP Sablayan will not any more come from the local government, instead, its operation will be fully funded by the national government through the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).

In 2015, PUP together with the Municipality of Sablayan proposed an act to establish a PUP campus Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro to seek for budget from the National Government, which in return will lessen the expenditures of LGU-Sablayan. The act was filed in both house of representatives and senate where Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato and Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito served as the principal authors.

In July 2017, the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, and Finance approved the proposed law and was consolidated by the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education by passing the law on third and final reading.

Through the passage of the law, the government can expect for more number of quality graduates from PUP Sablayan.

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