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Aquino approves laws converting two colleges into state universities

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President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the students from the Center for Excellence (CENTEX) Elementary School for a group photo souvenir during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Senator Edgardo Angara. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the students from the Center for Excellence (CENTEX) Elementary School for a group photo souvenir during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Senator Edgardo Angara. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III signed on May 24 two laws converting two colleges into state universities in Mountain Province and Cotabato City.

The President signed Republic Act 10583 “An Act Converting the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College in the Municipality of Bontoc, Mountain Province Into a State University to be Known as the Mountain Province State University, with the Campuses in the Municipalities of Tadian, Bauko, Paracelis, and Barlig, all located in Mountain Province and Appropriating Funds Therefor.”

The newly created state university will have a main campus in the municipality of Bontoc in the Mountain Province.

As mandated by the law, the university will provide advanced education, higher technological, professional instruction and training in forestry and agriculture, teacher education, engineering and technology.

It will also focus on arts, humanities, sciences and other relevant fields of study. The academic institution will also promote and undertake research, extension services and production activities in support of the socioeconomic development of Mountain Province and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The President also signed Republic Act 10585 “An Act Converting the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College in Cotabato City into a State University to be Known as the Cotabato State University and Appropriating Funds Therefor.”

The newly converted state university will have a main campus in Cotabato City.

Under the law, the Cotabato State University will focus on providing advanced education, higher technological, professional instruction and training in arts and sciences, psychology, and social work.

It will also extend training on community development, teacher education, agriculture, forestry, fishery, engineering, industrial technology, information technology, public administration, peace and development, business administration, health sciences, political science and law.

The university will promote and undertake research and extension services and provide progressive leadership in its areas of specialization.

The two laws will take effect 15 days after being published in two major newspapers of general circulation. (MNS)

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