By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman lauded the Senate for approving the measure that will upgrade Basilan State College (BASSC) to a full university.
The Basilan State University will be the first university in the province.
“Naniniwala ako sa nagsabi na, ‘education is a silver bullet against crime, poverty, unemployment, drugs, terrorism and hatred.’ And with the approval of this measure, lalong mas maraming Basileños ang makakapag-aral at uunlad para sa kanilang mga pamilya,” said Hataman.
The Senate voted 22-0 to approve the measure on Monday. A similar measure was approved by the House of Representatives in September 2020.
“Hindi na kailangang pumunta ng mga Basileños na pumunta sa Maynila, Zamboanga, Davao o Cagayan de Oro para lamang makakuha ng de-kalidad na edukasyon dahil pwede na dito sa Basilan State U. Ang iba, hindi na lang nagpapatuloy sa pag-aaral dahil napakamahal ng edukasyon lalo na sa ibang lugar,” he said.
Hataman expressed gratitude to Sen. Joel Villanueva, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education who sponsored the measure, and Sen. Sonny Angara who filed the bill.
“Ang kakulangan sa edukasyon dala ng kahirapan ay isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit naaakit ang mga tao sa extremism at makibahagi sa terorismo. Ngayong abot-kamay na ang Basilan State U, isang hakbang muli ito para mapuksa na ang violent extremism sa aming lalawigan,” Hataman added.
Currently, Basilan State College has a Level I and II accreditation from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.
It offers several Bachelor of Science and Arts courses, as well as post-graduate education and some non-diploma programs.
Under the measure, Basilan State U will have the mandate to “provide advance education, higher technological, professional and vocational courses, and training in arts and sciences, education, agriculture and industrial fields, management, criminology, maritime, medical education, legal education, non-traditional courses and other relevant fields of study.”