LAGAWE, Ifugao - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visits the town of Lamut Wednesday for the formal opening of the Ifugao State University.

The President delivered a speech following the re-enactment of the signing of the Republic Act 9720, the law converting the Ifugao College of Agriculture and Forestry (Iscaf) into the Ifugao State University (Ifsu), which she signed October 14.

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The President will also lead the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly built IFSU administration building at the main campus in Nayon, Lamut.

Doctor Serafin Ngohayon, the first Ifsu president said that the conversion of the state college into a university is a dream come true not only for the Ifsu family but for the entire province. "We had been clamoring for this to happen," he said.

Ifsu, whose main campus is located at Nayon, Lamut, has four satellite campuses in the municipalities of Tinoc, Lagawe, Alfonso Lista and Asipulo. Ifsu has about 3,000 students.

It also has secondary and elementary departments.

With the theme, Iscaf to Ifsu: Responding to Call for Excellent Service, the school and the province are celebrating this momentous event for three days from January 6 to 8.

The first day of the celebration will also highlight the presentation of the university symbols and oath taking of new university officials, as well as ethnic games and cultural presentations.

The local government units and the community will sponsor the second day, January 7, which will concentrate on sports. The guest of honor for the day is Ifugao Representative Solomon Chungalao, who is the main proponent of the bill converting Iscaf to Ifsu at the House of Representatives. Day three will be the students' day with Senator Manuel Villar as the guest.

Ngohayon said the affair marks a historic event in the province.