[UPDATED] Bukidnon State U asked to open new schools in agri, IP areas

Bukidnon News.Net official Logo for site2MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/14 March) – The Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan has passed two resolutions this week urging the board of regents of Bukidnon State University to open an external school each in Pangantucan town and in
Sinuda, Kitaotao town.

The municipal government of Pangantucan has earlier presented a resolution passed by the municipal council for the same purpose to BSU president Victor Barroso, Dante Victoria, BSU corporate secretary told Bukidnon News.

Victoria said the Commission on Higher Education, however, has instructed BSU to put similar requests on hold pending the passage of new guidelines. BSU operates external schools around Mindanao, mostly in Northern Mindanao.

The SP resolution cited that Pangantucan “has been steadily growing economically because of its vast agricultural plantations and itspopulation is also growing due to migrant farm workers and their families.”

Board member Nemesio Beltran Jr. cited in his proposed resolution the increasing number of high school graduates in the town.

“There is now an urgent need to put up and establish an extension college that is run by the state, so that the incoming freshmen college students need not go and pursue college degrees elsewhere,” he added.

Beltran added that BSU can use the facilities of the Pangantucan National High School after the school hours of high school students.

The provincial board passed another resolution urging BSU also to set up another external school in Sinuda, Kitaotao town dubbed as an ideal place to put up a state-run college to accommodate college students who belong mostly to the indigenous people’s communities in the area.

Beltran cited that a state college that will be established in (the area) will be very beneficial to the parents and students from the villages of Lorega, Buda, and Sinuda.

“So that they will not have to spend (more) for the board and lodging expenses, if they will have to pursue college education elsewhere,” headed in his draft.

He added that the institution will encourage the IP youth to pursue college degrees and become professionals.

Beltran cited that BSU can also use the premises of the Sinuda National High School for the external school.

Victoria said there is no word from CHED yet when the guidelines for the opening of new external schools will be issued. He added that the commission is “strict” on the matter.

He added that BSU has a total of 21 schools outside Bukidnon called “external studies centers” and six within the province dubbed “extension Centers.”

He said BSU received the Pangantucan municipal council resolution last year. The BSU board tackled it in November 2012 but it has been put on hold indefinitely.

They have not yet received a copy of the resolution on the request for external school in Sinuda, he added. (Walter I. Balane/BukidnonNews.net)

In this update: we corrected the number of BSU schools outside Bukidnon, it’s 21 not 26. This is a clerical error. Our apologies. Thanks to Mr. Dante Victoria for the feed back. (- Editors)