3 more campuses to rise in Pampanga

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Sunday, February 3, 2013


LUBAO, Pampanga -- Governor Lilia Pineda is now looking at setting up at least three more satellite campuses of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in Pampanga to effectively provide access to affordable education to the indigent students of the province.

And with the current state of finances of the Provincial Government, Pineda said the province can even afford to open five satellite campuses if the need arises.

Pineda made this statement following the recent memorandum of agreement signing of the Provincial Government with the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and DHVTSU, for the operation of the DHVTSU-Sto. Tomas Campus.

Pineda said she is looking at establishing another satellite campus for the third district near Arayat and Sta. Ana towns, another in Lubao town and one in Pampanga’s 1st District near Magalang and Mabalacat—all of the effort of bringing DHVTSU closer to indigent students.

The DHVTSU main campus is located in Bacolor town. It is one of the biggest and the only state university in Pampanga.  Established in established in 1861, the institution is considered to be the oldest trade school in Asia.

The school was later named in honor of Don Honorio Ventura, the statesman benefactor of the then President Diosdado Macapagal and many other talented Kapampangans. It was later converted in June 2009 through 3rd District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales’s House Bill 6319, "An Act Converting DHVCAT into Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University.”

There are currently three DHVTSU satellite campuses in Sto. Tomas, Porac and San Juan in Mexico town, but Pineda said that these have yet to cover the sheer size of the student populations in Pampanga. 

“This is the best solution that we see in providing education to indigent students who cannot afford to study in big colleges and universities.  Rather than establishing a new school from scratch, it is better to bring DHVTSU’s brand of education to the areas where it is most needed,” Pineda said.

DHVTSU satellite campuses offer an assortment of courses from Bachelor of Science (BS) in Industrial Technology, BS in Information Technology, BS Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) with various qualifications duly registered under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS).

Pineda said governors in Pampanga can take Pampanga’s example in expanding the reach of their state universities by opening and subsiding satellite campuses through partnership agreements with Ched.

For the recently opened Sto. Tomas campus, the province of Pampanga will provide P3 million “by way of continuing appropriation in its annual budget that will cover the incidental expenses relating to the operation of the school such as for utilities, renovation and improvement of its facilities.”

The province was also responsible for the renovation and construction of current facilities and in the securing of the land that now houses the campus in Sto. Tomas town.  The campus is expected to cater to students of the town along with those coming from the City of San Fernando, Macabebe and Masantol. (Jovi T. De Leon)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 03, 2013.

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