Leyte Samar Daily Express
After 14 years of patient undertaking and hopeful waiting in upgrading Naval Institute of Technology to the level of a university, a Biliranon’s dream is now realized when the Senate approved in 3rd and final reading Senate Bill 2146. The bill awaits the President’s signature which will be done within this month, says Congressman Glenn C. Chong.
The conversion of NIT to university status is attributed to the efforts of Congressman Chong when he re-filed the conversion through House Bill 4414, “an act converting Naval Institute of Technology in the municipality of Naval province of Biliran into a state university to be known as Naval State University integrating therewith the Biliran National Agricultural College in the municipality of Biliran”.
This is one of the campaign promises of the youthful and neophyte congressman to convert the school into a university after 14 long years when originally filed by previous representatives of the lone district of Biliran.
What is there to expect in the conversion?
It will definitely provide increased take home pay of NSU personnel. Along with this conversion it will result in improved quality of education courtesy of highly- motivated Corp of Professors and other university officials who will strive for add-on competence in the discharge of their respective functions and duties vis-à-vis the demands of the university’s high standards expected of being one.
More courses will be offered with technical courses to form part and core of curriculum development. With curricular offerings expanded there will rise demands for additional teachers to include non-teaching staff, one great opportunity and a challenge to qualified unemployed graduates that will primarily be taken from the Biliran workforce.
Dr. Edita Sabonsolin Genson SUC President III of NIT was the effective, mover albeit unsung in the conversion of NIT into a university. It was not a walk in the park for the President in providing the needed flesh to justify the passage of the bill being re-filed. Having been the school director for Research and Development from 1996- 2001 before she was catapulted to Vice president and eventually SUC President in 2004 to present, she therefore has the capability of making credible and therefore acceptable data attached to the refilled bill of Congressman Glenn Chong.
Dr. Genson has within her fingertips incontrovertible data of anything about the school. She virtually rose from the ranks, as Physical Education teacher, her first assignment, and then in social sciences subjects. Later she got promoted as Chairperson of the Cultural Affairs Department.
The project proposal as the House’s component provided the strength that led to the conversion of NIT to university was a finished product of a detailed and scholarly preparation that only a Dr. Edita Genson could credibly make within the ambit of time and circumstances the proposal was set, in the kind of scenario it was in.
Well, well, well this charming lady President fondly called Edit by close associates and other within her circles, who is a friendly and a surprisingly unassuming school official in the way she posits herself to all and sundry is not the run of the mill kind of a professional educator.
She is a recipient of a outstanding alumni award given to her by the Cebu Normal university and an outstanding Administrator award by the Commission on Higher Education.
Naval State University started as the Naval Junior High School in 1948 through Municipal Ordinance 35. It became a state college in 1972 through R.A 430.