JV Ejercito wants to talk Ungab over DRSUS bill

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By Anthony S. Allada

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito Estrada is set to meet Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab over the latter’s proposed House Bill 5311 or an act to establish the Davao Regional State University System (DRSUS) to raise his point over his opposition about it.

“As a matter of parliamentary courtesy it is not my intention to interfere the agenda of my collegue at the congress. But my only wish to talk with him personally and try to convince him on the disadvantages of the bill,” Estrada told reporters yesterday afternoon at the sideline of his visit at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) campus along Obrero here.

He said that he would like also to inquire from Ungab the rationale of filing the bill which was met with strong opposition from the student sector in the city.

The DRSUS shall integrate four state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region, namely; University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Southern Philippines Agribusiness and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology and the Davao del Norte State College.

The proposed house bill aims to reduce the number of SUCs in the country so as to maximize the limited budget for SUCs.

Earlier, the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) believes that HB 5311 further justifies the continuous decrease in the budget of SUCs as the bill reportedly compromises the budget for college education in the detriment of the Filipino youth’s rights and welfare.

Estrada said since he was still the mayor of San Juan City, free education for all has become his advocacy and he has been consistent about it when he was elected as the congressman of the city’s lone district.

“I continued to advocate not just basic education but also tertiary education because I believe that college education is the answer to address poverty,” he said. (ASA)

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