Local News: NSCA Now CNS University
The Negros State College of Agriculture (nsca) in Kabankalan City in southern Negros is now a state university.
According to Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (6th district, Neg. Occ.) who refiled the said bill in Congress, President Benigno Aquino III signed House 1814 converting NSCA into a state university to be known as Central Philippines State University (CPSU).
She said this was confirmed to her by Malacañang, Monday night.
Alvarez said that other authors of the said bill are Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), the late Rep. Ignacio Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th District), Rep. Neri Colmenares (Bayan Muna) and Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (Aurora).
Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri filed a counterpart bill in the Senate before he resigned, Alvarez said.
The lady solon said that the bill was originally authored by her father, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez when he was on his last term as 6th district congressman.
She refilled the bill when she ran and won in the 2010 elections.
Rep. Alvarez also said that as committee chairmen of education father and son Rep. Sonny Angara in the House and Senator Ed Angara in the Senate, both also co-authored the bill.
NSCA was established as Negros Occidental National Agricultural School in 1946 and was later converted as Negros Occidental Agricultural College in 1977.
She said her father then as Congressman sponsored its conversion as state college in 2001.
She added that NSCA’s main campus is in Kabankalan City and it was her father who initiated the establishment of extension campuses in different local government unit.
Extension campuses were established Ilog, Candoni, Cauayan, Sipalay City, Hinoba-an, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran and Victorias.
Rep. Alvarez stressed that the establishment of the extension campuses made education more accessible to students in the rural areas.
She further said that today, the student population of NSCA has totaled to 6,218 with more or less 200 members of the faculty.
The lady solon who celebrated her birthday last Saturday, said that the signing of the said bill into law is the best birthday gift for her.
She stressed further that "Quality and affordable education is now more readily available to our youth."
The bill was signed into law as Republic Act 10228 signed by President Aquino last October 19 before he left for New Zealand, Rep. Alvarez said.*(DSY)