Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY – The application for university status of Naval Institute of Technology (NIT) appears brighter after several years of delay in the House of Representatives as it now sits in the Senate for third and final reading.
State college and public officials are making a big push this year for the passage of Senate Bill No. 2146 that would convert the Biliran province’s lone state college into a university.
NIT President Dr. Editha Genson said they remain hopeful for the bill to come out and be enacted into law before the present Congress draw to a close.
She recalled this is what happened to the bill years back when it sat at the House of Representatives for quite some time and had to be refiled.
The bill went into third and final reading in the House of Representative last September 9, 2008 and was treated for first reading last September 16, 2008 in the Senate. Presently, it is ready for the Senate’s third and final reading.
According to Dr. Genson, the conversion of the state college into a university is a priority program of the present administration in collaboration with its stakeholders, congressional and local government unit officials and other partner institutions.
The conversion is expected to provide equal opportunity and better access to modern but affordable higher education for the student populace in Biliran Province and nearby provinces in Leyte and Samar Islands.
This will also enable the school to undertake intellectual inquiry and creation of meaningful knowledge with greater fiscal and institutional autonomy.
“It is necessary to integrate and convert the constitutions of higher learning in the province of Biliran into one institution of higher learning to establish an effective and efficient university,” Dr. Genson said in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express.
In their bid for universityhood, NIT pointed its performance in the field of education of the college that would warrant the conversion of NIT into a state university such as the consistent rating of Noteworthy and Very Satisfactory of the College of Maritime every year since its International Standard Operation (ISO) Certification by the Det Norkes Veritas (DNV) on Rules on Maritime Academies in the year 2000 based on its findings on the annual DNV Surveillance Audit and other educational achievements of the college.
NIT also sought the support of the different sectors and high ranking government officials in the province of Biliran and Region 8 by signing an endorsement paper and submitted to the Senate for the early passage of the bill into law.
The NIT President said that with the conversion, hopefully to come about sooner this year, “would pave the way in providing better services in professional and technical training in the arts, sciences, maritime, technology and in the conduct of scientific research and technological studies in the province.” (AHLETTE C. REYES)