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Quirino solon to re-file House Bill 7046 in 15th Congress

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Cabarroguis, Quirino (18 June) -- Outgoing Congressman Junie Evangelista Cua of the lone district of Quirino said that House Bill 7046 or the Act converting Quirino State College (QSC) in the municipality of Diffun into a state university to be known as Quirino State University, integrating the Quirino Polytechnic College (QPC) in Cabarroguis and Maddela Institute of Technology (MIT) will be re-filed by his son, incoming congressman Dakila Carlo Cua in the 15th congress.

The House of Hepresentatives was not able to ratify the said bill last June 4, the last day of the 14th congress, due to lack of quorum.

A day before the final session, Congressman Cua who was then celebrating his 65th birthday with his constituents, reported that he will be attending the session together with the provincial officials headed by Gov. Cua and the members of the Board of Trustees of the three colleges.

Cua explained that the bill was filed on January 28 by him, together with Representatives Cynthia A. Vilar, Exequiel B. Javier, Jesus Crispin C. Remulla, Mariano U. Piamonte and Cinchona C. Cruz-Gonzales as authors. It was certified by President Arroyo for its immediate enactment on February 2.

The bill was approved in the Third reading and was sent back to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Cua said that the House had included in its June 4 agenda the ratification of the bill, however, he expressed fear that it may not be acted upon during the last session due to the controversial Freedom of Information Bill which was the priority bill for ratification on the same date.

"Let us pray that the congressmen will be enlightened so that they will attend the session," Cua urged the Quirinians.

But the prayers seemed not enough as the bill was not ratified when a congressman questioned the absence of quorum. The House of representatives needed 135 congressmen to constitute a quorum but only 128 attended the session.

In a phone interview with Board Member Jerry Pagbilao, the chairman of the Committee on Education, he assured that the bill will not die saying that it will be re-filed in the 15th congress by Congressman-elect Dakila Cua.

"Our goal of having a state university in the province will soon be fulfilled, we just wait for the opening of the 15th Congress on July 26," Pagbilao said. The bill will again go through the legislative processes but we are confident that it will be approved," he added. (PIA 2) [top]

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