Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Ceremonial Signing of RA 9854 Creating Caraga State University by President Arroyo

Butuan City Mayor Democrito D. Plaza II, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Congressman Jose Aquino II and CSU President Joanna Cuenca

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the ceremonial signing of HB 5110 Creating RA 9854 Establishing Caraga State University held at Sanchez Gym, Normisist Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City

President gloria macapagal Arroyo showed RA 9854 with CHED Commissioner Nona Ricafort, Caraga State University President Joanna Cuenca, HB 5110 Author and Congressman Jose Aquino II

Congressman Jose Aquino II introduced the President for her speech

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed today RA 9854, "An Act Establishing the Caraga State University in the Caraga Region by Integrating the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (Normisist) in Ampayon, Butuan City which was approved by the President on December 16, 2009.

House Bill 5110 established the Caraga State University (CSU) in the Caraga Region by integrating the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) in Ampayon and the Northern Mindanao College of Science and Technology (NMCAST) in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte with its main campus in Butuan City.

NMCAST which is now known as the NORMISIST Cabadbaran Campus NCC specializing in developing individuals in the fields of electrical engineering, industrial technology and education, information technology, HRM and Teacher’s Education with its campus situated in an 8 hectare area at T. Curato Street in Cabadbaran City.

The bill was filed in Congress by Representative Jose S. Aquino II of the 1st District of Butuan City and Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte and sponsored by Senator Mar Roxas and has passed in the Senate’s second reading on November 2009.

Other representatives of the lower house who co-authored the bill are Congressmen Angara, Villar, Lagman, Javier, Remulla, Amante, Romarate, Padilla, Madrona, Nicolas, del Mar, Amatong, Mitra, de Guzman, Garay and Angping.

According to the new law, Caraga State University shall offer undergraduate and graduate courses within its areas of specialization, specifically, but not limited to the fields of agriculture and environmental studies, fishery, engineering, forestry, industrial technology, education, law, medicine and other health related programs, information technology, arts and sciences and other fields as the Board of Regents may deem necessary to carry out its objectives particularly to meet the needs of the Caraga Region.

The existing secondary level will now be transferred under the jurisdiction and supervision of the Department of Education but it was provided under RA 9854 that the students currently enrolled shall be allowed to remain until they have completed their secondary education.

After the ceremonial signing of RA 9854, President Arroyo in her speech said, “Unta sa panghitabo sa karon nga ang inyong eskwelahan nahimo nang Caraga State University, nga unta labaw pa ang kalidad ug investment ang inyong maangkon ug mao nga makaabot ninyo ang daghan pang kauswagan dinhi sa Caraga” (now that your school became the Caraga State University, it is hoped that you obtain higher quality and more investments will be achieved, that will make Caraga more progressive).

With the President during the signing of RA 9854 are the local officials of the city and province led by Butuan City Mayor Democrito Plaza II and his wife City Tourism Council Chairperson Daisy Plaza, Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante, Congressman Jose Aquino II, , Agusan del Norte 2nd District Representative Edilmero Amante, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, Board of Trustees of the newly established Caraga State University led by its President Joanna Cuenca, the Department of Education led by Secretary Peter Favila, Bishop Juan De Dios Pueblos, CHED officials with the presence of Commissioner Nona Ricafort, some Cabinet members and several members of the House of Representatives.

NORMISIST, now Caraga State University has been applying for state university since 1996.

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