1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list Representative and House Assistant Majority Leader Salvador B. Belaro Jr. said Saturday that the polytechnic college he is proposing to be built in Marawi City would help hasten the return to normalcy of the city and its people.
“Schools are most effective at normalizing daily life,” said Belaro as he appealed to the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Techinical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the Department of Public Works and Highways to prioritize rebuilding schools ahead of preparing the master plan.
“Approval and implementation of the grand master plan for Marawi City can take several years,” he said.
House Bill 6010 creating the Marawi City Polytechnic College as a component college of the Mindanao State University (MSU) has been with the House committee on higher and technical education.
Belaro said the proposed college would also be one fast way to prepare Marawi City jobseekers for work, industry, and entrepreneurship.
“Its role: be the economic and education catalyst at the heart of Marawi City,” said Belaro.
HB 6010 provides that the polytechnic college shall primarily provide ladderized, associate, diploma, apprenticeship, technical-vocational, technological program offerings, as well as professional instruction and training, in the fields of study, research and extension services that dovetail with the economic and social development priorities, needs, plans, and aspirations of the City of Marawi and surrounding municipalities.
Under the bill, the main campus of the Polytechnic College ought to be at the city center of the City of Marawi where it would have a crucial role in the rebuilding and reinvigorating the city after the devastation caused by the invasion of heavily-armed extremist terrorist forces and the resulting armed conflict.
However, because explosive ordnance-clearing operations are still underway, a temporary campus can be built in a safe area outside of the former main battle zone.
HB 6010 seeks P300 million as initial funding for the polytechnic college. This appropriation may be augmented by funds from the current year’s appropriations of the Mindanao State University and from the Internal Revenue Allotment of the City of Marawi.
The Board of Regents of the MSU shall exercise governance powers and authority over the Polytechnic College, according to the bill. Administration of the Polytechnic College shall be vested in a dean, who shall consult with the Administrative Committee and Academic Committee and report to the President of the MSU.