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TUP-V breaks ground at Binalbagan campus

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The vision of making Binalbagan town the center of education in the southern part of Negros Occidental is now becoming a reality following the ground-breaking ceremony of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas (TUP-V) at Binalbagan on Friday, February 9.

The ceremony was led by TUP System president Engr. Reynaldo Ramos and the private land donor Ma. Lucia Villafranca, president of Carmen Agricultural Development Corp. (CADC), and its director, Franklin Fuentebella, with Mayor Alejandro Mirasol and 5th Dist. Cong. Emilio Bernardino Yulo.

Fuentebella expressed that the project was 24 years in the making and started from the dream of having their workers’ children educated in TUPV, which will give them a good chance of landing a job and even working abroad.

A three-hectare property and P10 million for the school were donated by Fuentebella and CADC.

TUP-Visayas campus director Eric Malo-oy said the establishment of the Binalbagan campus marks the fulfillment of the shared vision of the land donor and the academic institution, and the beginning of new opportunities for students in southern Negros.

Initially, the new campus will offer Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Technology courses and aims to come up with the first batch of students for the two programs by 2025.

Yulo in an interview with the DAILY STAR, congratulated TUPV for bring its brand of education to the town and the 5th congressional district expressing that “as an ardent believer of TUPV, its entry to the fifth district will change the economic as well as the profile of the district,” further emphasizing his strong commitment and support for education as an equalizer and a life-changing experience.

He pledged P10 million from his budget to start the construction of the school which he believes will usher technologically-advanced professionals in the fifth district and team up with local industries such as sugar mills.

Meanwhile, Mirasol said the project will likewise bring economic opportunities for the people of Brgy. San Jose, where the school is located, will soon see the rise of boarding houses and cafeterias in the area. He committed P5 million from his budget to augment the construction of the school.

The groundbreaking ceremony was also witnessed by TUPV’s former campus directors, Engr. Leoncio Jamora, Mr. Moises Bonache, and Dr. Ma. Leonor Validor who initiated and continued the project until its realization.

In August last year, the deed of donation and agreement were signed between CADC and the TUP system president at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City. *

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