DHVTSU ‘better than UP’-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Former University of the Philippines president Emerlinda Roman was so impressed with the physical appearance of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University that she described it as better than the country's premier state university.
"It's better than UP," Roman remarked during an evaluation committee report on DHVTSU's president, Dr. Enrique G. Baking, at the special meeting of the university's board of regents at the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) last Tuesday.
Roman and other members of the evaluation committee visited DHVTSU's main campus and satellite campuses in Mexico and Sto. Tomas towns in the course of evaluating Baking's performance and eligibility for a second term as DHVTSU president.
"DHVTSU has character and it showed in all its campuses," Roman said.
Department of Science and Technology-Central Luzon director Victor Mariano, a UP alumnus and member of the DHVTSU, said that Roman's remark was a recognition of the DHVTSU's excellent branding as an educational institution.
"To be compared with UP is really something," he said.
DHVTSU, the first state university of Pampanga, is older than UP. It was established in 1861 as the Escuela Artes y Officios de Bacolor, became a trade school in 1905, renamed Pampanga School of Arts and Trade in 1957 and converted into the Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trade (DHVCAT) in 1978. It became a state university in 2009 under RA 9832 authored by former 3rd District Congressman Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr.
UP was established in 1908. DHVTSU celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011 while UP marked its centennial in 2008.
The establishment and expansion of the Mexico campus was initiated by Gonzales, who provided substantial infrastructure, financial and other assistance to improve its campus and facilities. The former lawmaker also granted scholarships to DHVTSU students, especially the poor.
Gonzales also authored another law, the Bacolor Rehabilitation Act, in preparation for the conversion of the former DHVCAT into a state university and to further boost the rehabilitation of Bacolor town from the ravages of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and lahar inundation that buried all but one of its 22 towns.
Two other campuses, the ones in Sto. Tomas and Porac towns, were put up on the initiative of Gov. Lilia G. Pineda and other local officials.
Baking, who has been given the highest grade of 5 by the evaluation committee for his infrastructure projects, has been reappointed to a second term by the DHVTSU board on the strength of the committee's recommendation.
His second term begins next year and ends in 2018.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 23, 2013.