June 28, 2009 in Cordillera
By JEREMY GAWONGNA
LAMUT, Ifugao – Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) President Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon initiated a lobby to raise the status of the college into a state university, through law.
Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., authored the proposed law, Senate Bill No. 1224, or an “Act to Accelerate the Socio-cultural and Economic Development of the Cordillera Region by Establishing a State University in the Province of Ifugao to be Known as Ifugao State University (IFSU), Converting for the Purpose the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry into a University”.
Earlier, on September 9, 2008, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill No. 4409, an act converting ISCAF into IFSU sponsored by Ifugao’s lone congressman, Solomon Chungalao, and co-sponsored by fellow representatives Villar, Lagman, Javier, and Remulla.
Established in 1982 as a college, ISCAF’s four-fold program for instruction, research, extension, and income-generation achieved development milestones making it ripe for conversion into a university.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after due assessment declared the college qualified for conversion into a university last April 4.
In a joint public hearing held at the Senate on April 24, ISCAF stood out to be the closest to comply with CHED standards among several proponents for university status.
Senate Committee on Education Chairperson Senator Mar Roxas stressed the importance of the set standards to ensure quality education in the country.
“I think very seriously our responsibility to protect the reputation of Philippine education because if we fail to protect it, then university versus college won’t make sense,” Roxas said.
The Senate then provisionally approved the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry conversion into university subject to the submission of required documents.# nordis.net