Duterte inks law converting OMSC into state university

August 23, 2021 Jester P. Manalastas 588 views

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure converting Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) into Occidental Mindoro State University (OMSU).

Grateful Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato said Republic Act 11857 is very beneficial to the youth of the province.

Sato, principal author of the measure, said the youth can now avail of superior college education without going to Metro Manila to study.

Sato, an advocate of quality and accessible education for the youth of her province, urged students not to leave the island and instead pursue their tertiary education in the province’s higher learning institutes.

Two other pro-education measures that she authored have also been signed into law – the law establishing the Rizal Occidental Mindoro TESDA Training Center (ROMTTAC), which became Republic Act 10815; and the law allowing the putting up of the Sablayan campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), which became RA 110561.

The female lawmaker expressed confidence that students in the province would now be encouraged to enroll at the OMSU instead of traveling to Metro Manila for their college education.

“Having a state university in the province would be favorable to our students. They do not need to move to the capital region to earn their college degree, they can enroll here and get the same quality of education that higher learning institutions provide in Metro Manila,” Sato said.

She added that families would also save a lot in education expenses if students stay on the island, saying parents no longer need to spend for their children’s board and lodging.