WMSU needs to increase own income, says Angara PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 July 2012 14:20

Congressman Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara of Aurora, Quezon Province the other day cited the need for the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) to increase its internally-generated income for the University to keep pace with the reforms that are being made by institutions of higher learning in the country.

“WMSU with a student population of more than 15,000 and teaching and non-teaching personnel of 500 or more is too big for its internally-generated income of P11 million only. I know of some other state colleges and universities with small population but have higher income, much bigger than WMSU’s,” the young Angara told a news conference shortly before he graced the investiture ceremony of Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho as WMSU’s 5th president last Wednesday afternoon at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium.

Angara, who sits in the WMSU Board of Regents in his capacity as chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, said that big challenges await Dr. Ho as new president of one of the county’s biggest state universities, and one of those is how to increase the University’s internally-generated income.

Earlier that day, Angara joined other members of the BOR headed by the chair-designate Commissioner Nona S. Ricafort and WMSU president Dr. Ho in conferring the degree of doctor of humanities (honoris causa) on Mayor Celso L. Lobregat.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ho said in her valedictory address that her presidency is designed from heaven and that her desire to serve is greater than the challenges that will come her way in the next four years of her term.

“I am still the same woman who will greet you with a smile and full of imperfections,” Ho said. “Do not expect much. Look at me, I am small,” she told the University community. “But big surprises come in small packages,” she added with conviction and enthusiasm.

“From this onward, let us make things happen, let us move forward and touch lives,” the vibrant 3rd woman president of WMSU declared as she spelled out her 10-point agenda of her presidency with over 20 projects in the pipeline. — Vic Larato