More access to free college education

MORE underprivileged but deserving students in Quezon City recently gained access to free college education with the approval of an ordinance that establishes the Quezon City University (QCU).

The ordinance paved the way for turning the Quezon City Polytechnic  University (QCPU) into QCU with a revised charter that provides more allocation for educational scholarships.

Not only that QCU now offers more degrees, even post graduate degrees. Education, biology and  nursing.  Even social sciences are now available. Students  can pursue these courses without having to pay costly tuition fees in private schools.

Before, the QCPU offers only four bachelors degrees -- industrial engineering,  electronics engineering, information technology and entrepreneurship -- and eight technical-vocational and other short courses.

With this new institution,  the future of  young people is even brighter as they are given a better option in gaining education to fight poverty and other challenges ahead.

Earlier, the city council gave its nod to the consolidated ordinance PO2OCC-402 and PO2OCC-058 or the “Ordinance converting Quezon City Polytechnic University to Quezon City University and enhancing charter”.

The new charter includes all the requirements laid out by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to attain institutional recognition to qualify as a local university and beneficiary to RA 10931 or the Universal access to quality tertiary education/free tuition law of 2017.

The ordinance was authored by leading councilor and congressional candidate in the coming elections  Precious Hipolito Castelo who is  a top  advocate for education.

She  is behind the establishment of many day care centers in district 2. She also pushed for the construction of more school buildings in district 2 and the granting of scholarships to hundreds of poor but deserving students.
Probe on water crisis

A joint hearing of the committees on Metro Manila Development and Housing at the House of Representatives has been called to probe the on-going water crisis in Metro Manila.

The investigation seeks  to find out the cause of the water shortage and the possible solutions to it.

There is a  need to get a clear picture of the situation and how we’re going to deal with it. A lot of people are already getting adversely affected by the problem.

We need explanations from the concessionaires,  regulators, and the experts  why we got into this mess and their suggestion on how we can get out of it.

The two  big water companies -- Manila Water and Maynilad -- as well as the National Water Regulatory Board (NWRB)  were invited to attend the hearing set on March 18, 2019 at the lower House’s  Mitra Hall.

All stakeholders are welcome to join the hearing so that we can collectively come up with the right approach to overcome the water crisis.

House committee on Metro Manila development chairman Rep. Winston ‘Winnie’ Castelo  aims to establish the need for the development of more water reservoirs as the lack of them has been cited by the Manila Water as one of the reasons for the water supply shortage.

He also wants to learn from Maynilad how it solved similar problems not too long ago, He said Manila Water could probably replicate what Maynilad did.

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