CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Third District Representative Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales, Jr. is pushing for a proposed bill that will rename the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in the municipality of Bacolor to Pampanga State University (PamSU).
Gonzales said that renaming of the university will bring about the modification of restrictive provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9832 and elevate the status of this higher education institution from a technological to a comprehensive university. Additional courses in the liberal arts, medical and allied medical fields shall be offered in addition to those specified in Section 3 of RA 9832.
The present curricular offerings of DHVTSU, as provided for in Section 3 of RA 9832, are limited to education, engineering, science and technology, arts and humanities, computer education and other programs within its areas of specialization and capabilities.
"This restriction hinders the university in fully attaining its foremost objective of enhancing access to education by providing affordable but quality instruction and training to the youth of Pampanga and nearby provinces, especially those from the underprivileged sector of society," Gonzales said.
More than just renaming
With the change, Gonzales said that additional courses in the liberal arts, medical and allied medical fields shall be offered in addition to those specified in Section 3 of RA 9832. Specifically, the following programs which are responsive to the needs of both the society and industry are envisioned to be integrated with the existing curricular offerings of the university like BS in Nursing, BS in Pharmacy, BS in Medical Technology, BS in Physical Therapy, AB Political Science, AB Philosophy, and AB Mass Communication among others.
It is foreseen that advancement into a comprehensive state university will greatly benefit the people in its service area through upgraded instruction; enhanced access to quality education; intensified knowledge-generation; modernized facilities and equipment; intensified social responsibility through extension, manpower and skills development training and community outreach services.
"It will likewise help the university in realizing its aspiration of nurturing individuals who will possess the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to engage in gainful work and be productive, and the values and abilities to coexist in prolific harmony with local and global communities. Most importantly, the institution shall contribute beneficially to the government’s essential strategy to fight poverty and foster national competitiveness by accomplishing its mission of lifting economically and socially marginalized Filipinos out of indigence," Gonzales said.
Gonzales is responsible for the passage of RA 9832 for the conversion of the Don Honorio Ventura School of Arts and Trade to the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University which was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.