House okays conversion of Leyte campus into regular school

The bill converting Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Dulag satellite campus into a regular tertiary school has been approved in the House of Representatives, a party list solon confirmed on Wednesday.

House Bill 04949 that seeks to convert the satellite campus in Dulag, Leyte into a regular campus with regular fund allocation is now referred to the Senate Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Senator Joel Villanueva, said An Waray Partylist Representative Florencio Noel.

As a regular campus, EVSU Dulag will have autonomy and will be able to offer more courses, Noel told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Its conversion will promote inclusive growth and development, which will encourage the expansion of its services and facilities.

The conversion will also allow the campus to be subsidized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Noel and Leyte 2nd district Rep. Lolita Javier authored the bill.

Noel added that the Congress and Senate are hastening the approval of the bill after the CHED announced they will cut off subsidies to the school since it is disallowed by the Commission on Audit.

CHED said that they will stop supporting the campus not until it becomes a regular campus under EVSU, Noel added.

The bill states that once approved, aside from undergraduate courses, EVSU Dulag must also offer Technical Vocational Education Training, and graduate programs.

Currently, the school offers studies on information technology, civil engineering, office administration, and elementary education.

The bill also states that until such time funding for the operation and maintenance of EVSU Dulag Satellite campus is included in the annual General Appropriations Act, the local government of Dulag is expected to provide financial assistance to the campus in the initial implementation of the law.

EVSU Dulag campus located in Combis village, is the former Leyte Institute of Technology Dulag Campus, became part of EVSU in 2000.

The school has more than 500 enrolled students from the towns of Dulag, Mayorga, McArthur, La Paz, Julita, Tolosa in central Leyte.

Source: Philippines News Agency