House Committee approves bill converting ZCSPC into State U PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:07

by DEXTER YAP

The Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Rep. Ann Hofer approved in principle HB. No. 3929, which seeks the conversion of Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) into a university level on March 6, 2017.

House Bill No. 3929 authored by Cong. Celso Lobregat was filed on October 4, 2016. Once approved into law, ZCSPC will be known as the Zamboanga Peninsula Polytechnic State University (ZPPSU).

According to Cong. Celso Lobregat, ZCSPC if converted into a University is assured of achievement towards the zenith of its vision for globally competitive and progressive technology programs, which it has been catering for the last 110 years.

Chairman Licuanan of CHED stated that an initial assessment was already conducted for ZCSPC conversion into a university. Initial findings disclosed that some requirements have not yet been complied with. These include among others compliance with one more doctorate program; Need to increase research funding to P2.2Million; 100% requirement for masteral degree of its faculty; and library space requirement.

In the said hearing, Rep. France Castro of Party-list ACT-Teachers moved for the joint ocular inspection of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education and CHED for the purpose of determining full compliance with all the requirements for its conversion.

In response, Dr. Lolo of ZCSPC said that the joint ocular inspection can be held not earlier than April this year considering that ZCSPC will still be holding its commencement exercises and the time needed to comply with the above requirements.

On motion of Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez, the Committee approved in principle HB No. 3929 in line with ZCPCs undertaking for compliance with the said CHED requirements.

Cong. Lobregat stressed that he can only shepherd the bill in Congress but it is up to the school to comply with all the requirements for its conversion into a university.

Present during the hearing were former President Nora Ponce and OIC President Carlos Lolo of ZCSPC. (Dexter Yap)