First Posted 11:09:00 11/23/2013

The Naval State University (NSU), the only higher education institution in Province of Biliran has a new University President . During the Board of Regents Meeting last Nov. 13 in Manila, it was decided that Mrs. Minerva Ibajan Sañosa, a Doctor of Education and the imcumbent Vice President for Academic Affairs will be the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the University pending the Search and Selection of a new President slated on January or February of 2014. Mrs. Sañosa succeeded Mrs. Edita Sabonsolin Genson who served as President for nice years. It was Mrs. Genson, also a Doctor of Education, who was insturmental in the conversion of the then Naval Institute of Technology into the new Naval State University, through Republic Act. No. 9719 authored by then Representative of Biliran, Atty. Glenn Chong.


Observers in the University, who requested not to be identified, have mixed reactions to this latest development. Some allege that Mrs. Genson’s Presidency should have been extended were it not for the intervention of Biliran Representative Rogelio Espina, who accordingly, did not hide his personal dis-pleasure towards Genson who reportedly supported Glenn Chong in the 2013 elections. Espina himself sat on the Board Meeting last November 13, representing Cong. Roman Romulo, the House of Representatives Chairman on Higher Education Committee. One insider shared that Rep. Espina was the sole opposition to Mrs . Genson’s term extension, but the rules require for a unanimous vote of all attendees, thus, Mrs. Genson’s term was not extended.

Some teachers at the University were expecting for Mrs. Genson to be the OIC in the meantime. One instructor however explained that if the Congressman was indeed politicking, he should not have allowed Mrs. Sañosa to be the OIC since Mrs. Sañosa is reputed to have also supported Mr. Chong last elections. He also explained that although Mrs. Genson has done so much for the university, it is now high time for her to go since she has already 63 years old, paving the way for younger generations to serve the school. N. S. U. has more or less 9,000 students and teachers and offers at least 30 Graduate, Undergraduate and short term courses a t its Main Campus in Naval and the Biliran Campus, the former Biliran National Agricultural College (BNAC). is trying to get the version of Representative Espina and Dr. Genson on the issue.

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