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PIA Press Release
2006/10/03

Maasin to establish city college soon

By Rebecca Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte (3 October) -- The City of Maasin at present has no government-run college to cater to the educational needs of the poor but deserving students. In this regard, City Vice Mayor Maloney Samaco filed an ordinance establishing the Maasin City college and appropriating funds for the said purpose.

Samaco explained that the venture of establishing a local college will generate additional income to the city, though the funds earned will be used to develop the said institutions. Schools on the other hand can crop up economy of a community, as the local college will accept enrollees from other parts of Southern Leyte and other neighboring provinces. Boarding houses, eateries, internet cafes and other business establishments will boost, he said.

The college shall offer courses not offered in the private schools in Maasin City to refrain from competition, Samaco further noted. Courses that will be offered include Bachelor in Public Administration and Governance, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture major in Agronomy, Bachelor in Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Bachelor in Business Administration major in Marketing. Short-term vocational courses may also be offered, he added.

Samaco stated in his ordinance that salaries of the employees will be shouldered by the city government, subject to the Salary Standardization Law. In addition, the city government shall be the one to establish the building for the classrooms, administration, library, laboratory and other facilities of the college as required by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The city government shall also provide a lot for these buildings and facilities which shall be in the name of the City of Maasin.

Though education offered by the Maasin City College will be much cheaper compared to private schools, good quality education shall be the main thrust of the institution, Samaco further explained.

Moreover, assistance from the Congressman and the provincial government of Southern Leyte and other donors could also boost the facilities of the new-born college. This is also one of the most important legacies in the administration of City Mayor Damian G. Mercado-establishing the Masin City College. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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