A proposed bill converting all extension schools of Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) in the province into regular campuses has lapsed into law on May 29, 2022 without President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature

Republic Act No. 11781, which was sponsored by the four Pampanga district representatives under the 18th Congress, effectively converts DHVSU extension schools in Sto. Tomas, Porac, Lubao, Candaba, Apalit, Mexico, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Guagua, and Sasmuan into regular campuses.

It is one of the 25 legislative measures have been left without the President’s signature, which in turn have lapsed into a law.

According to former fourth district Representative Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc, who was among the principal authors of the bill, the new law would allow funding for the DHVSU campuses in 10 Pampanga towns to be included in the annual national budget.

Prior to the passing of the bill, local government units are helping into the operation of these campuses starting from infrastructure to salaries of teachers and other school expenditures.

“Ibig sabihin nito, magiging regular state universities na ang mga DHVSU sa mga munisipyo. Katulad ng main campus sa Bacolor, ang funding para sa operation ng mga campuses, kasama na ang sweldo ng mga professors ay manggagaling na sa national government,” Bondoc explained.

Bondoc furthered that the enactment of the law will further ensure the delivery of free quality tertiary education to Kapampanga students, as well as those from nearby provinces.

As regular state university, DHVSU campuses are included in the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act which provides underprivileged Filipino students the opportunity to pursue college degrees through free tuition and exemption of other fees in state universities and colleges.

“Dito lang sa Pampanga na ang mga munisipyo, may sariling state campuses kaya ang mga bata pagka-graduate sa high school, diretso na sa college. Hindi na nila kailangan lumayo dahil sa munisipyo lang nila, may maganda university na magpapaaral sa kanila ng libre,” he said.

Guaranteed and appropriate budgetary support

Under the said law, guaranteed and appropriate budgetary support from the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA) shall pave the way for the improvement of their facilities and services as it will enable these campuses to acquire their own infrastructure, laboratory equipment and other vital facilities and improve the quality of instruction through the hiring of more qualified faculty.

Additionally, assets, real and personal, personnel, and records of the DHVSU Extension Campuses, as well as liabilities or obligations, shall be transferred to the DHVSU.

The DHVSU president shall exercise overall supervision and management of the campuses.

Each campus shall be headed by a campus administrator who shall render full-time service and is appointed or designated by the Board, upon the recommendation of the search committee and the President, subject to the guidelines, qualifications and standards set by the Board.