BACOLOD City – The 17th Congress of the Philippines passed yesterday House Bill 8140 that authorizes the opening of a provincial office of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) here.
Bacolod lone district Rep. Greg Gasataya is the principal author of the bill.
The close to 300-member House of Representatives voted unanimously in a plenary session Monday to approve the bill.
“It’s turning out to be a good week for me, and most of all, the city; two bills approved in only one day,” an upbeat Gasataya said as he outlined the benefits of having a CHED provincial office.
Government scholars would have an easier time facilitating transactions as they don’t need to travel to Iloilo City where CHED-6 regional office is based.
The office will also result in faster and easier transactions for administrators and faculty of state-owned /private colleges and universities in the province.
The Negros Occidental government’s official website lists six SCUs operating in nine campuses in the cities of Bacolod, Talisay, Sagay, Cadiz, and Kabankalan, and in the town of Binalbagan.
The House also passed yesterday on third and final reading House Bill 7044 transferring the Charter day of Bacolod City to June 18.