Bill seeks to upgrade Eastern Samar trade school into new polytechnic state college

May 20, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 122 views

HOUSE Minority Leader Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan has filed a bill seeking to transform the Samar National School of Arts and Trade (SNSAT) into a new polytechnic state college, in a bid to enable Eastern Samar province to churn out a greater number of job-ready higher education graduates in the years ahead.

As proposed by Libanan under House Bill No. 10092, the SNSAT, which is based in the Municipality of Taft, would be developed and modernized into the new Eastern Samar Polytechnic State College (ESPSC).

“We are absolutely determined to boost up public access to free higher education in Eastern Samar,” Libanan said.

The national government pays for the tuition and other school fees of students enrolled in state universities and colleges under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017.

“We are counting on the new ESPSC to produce highly employable graduates who can help their families achieve a superior quality of life,” Libanan said.

Once Libanan’s bill is enacted, the new ESPSC would have its own governing board under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

The new ESPSC would offer professional and technical instruction and training in both graduate and undergraduate levels in the fields of engineering, education, arts and sciences as well as arts and trades.

Libanan served as representative of Eastern Samar’s lone congressional district from 1998 to 2007. He is now 4Ps party-list representative.

Libanan earlier filed a separate bill that seeks to put up Eastern Samar’s first state-run college of medicine.

Under Libanan’s HB No. 9872, the new college of medicine would be established as a unit of Eastern Samar State University (ESSU).

Libanan also previously filed HB No. 9302, which seeks to create a new ESSU campus in the Municipality of Balangiga. The bill has since been passed on third and final reading by the House, and is now pending Senate approval.

Libanan authored the 2004 law – Republic Act No. 9312 – that founded the ESSU by integrating the former Eastern Samar State College with the former Maydolong National Agricultural School.

Around 14,000 students are currently enrolled in ESSU, which has campuses in Borongan City, the capital of Eastern Samar, and in the municipalities of Can-Avid, Guiuan, Maydolong, Salcedo and Arteche.