Bill renaming, expanding DHVTSU charter approved
BACOLOR— President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11169 which renames Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) to Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU) as well as expanding its charter.
Duterte early this January signed the bill after it was approved by both houses of congress. The law also lifts the restrictions placed upon the state university through its former name.
Efforts to rename the historic state university were first introduced in 2017 by Pampanga Third District Representative Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales, Jr.
Gonzales said that renaming of the university will bring about the modification of restrictive provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9832 and elevate the status of the higher education institution from a technological to a comprehensive university.
Additional courses in the liberal arts, medical and allied medical fields shall be offered in addition to those specified in Section 3 of RA 9832.
DHVSU will now be able to offer new curriculum in the fields of Liberal Arts, Legal Management, Law, Medicine, Allied Sciences, and Health-related programs in the near future.
Before the bill was passed, curricular offerings of the state university, as provided for in Section 3 of RA 9832, are limited to education, engineering, science and technology, arts and humanities, computer education and other programs within its areas of specialization and capabilities.
With the change, Gonzales said that additional courses in the liberal arts, medical and allied medical fields shall be offered in addition to those specified in Section 3 of RA 9832.
Specifically, the programs which are responsive to the needs of both the society and industry are envisioned to be integrated with the existing curricular offerings of the university like BS in Nursing, BS in Pharmacy, BS in Medical Technology, BS in Physical Therapy, AB Political Science, AB Philosophy, and AB Mass Communication among other s.
“It will likewise help the university in realizing its aspiration of nurturing individuals who will possess the foundations for learning throughout life, the competence to engage in gainful work and be productive, and the values and abilities to coexist in prolific harmony with local and global communities. Most importantly, the institution shall contribute beneficially to the government’s essential strategy to fight poverty and foster national competitiveness by accomplishing its mission of lifting economically and socially marginalized Filipinos out of indigence,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales is responsible for the passage of RA 9832 for the conversion of the Don Honorio Ventura School of Arts and Trade to the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University which was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
PARADE OF AWARDS. City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. President Rene Romero, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Kaganapan 2019 Chairman Fer Caylao, councillors Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, Ruping Dumlao, Nelson Lingat, Aizel Macalino and department heads flash the ‘Fernandino First’ sign during yesterday’s parade of awards and citations and multisectoral assembly at Heroes Hall.—