A NEW campus of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines would soon be built in Caloocan City following a ground-breaking ceremony held recently and was spearheaded by Mayor Dave Gonzalo ‘Along’ Malapitan, state university and local officials.
The historic time capsule-laying held right at the Rainbow Village Subdivision, Deparo, Barangay 168 was also attended by the mayor’s father and former Caloocan city chief executive and now District 1 Rep. Oscar ‘Oca’ Malapitan and PUP President Dr. Manuel Muhi.
The younger Malapitan expressed his excitement over the new PUP-Caloocan campus as it was one of his pet projects back when he was still a congressman.
He told ‘Good Riddance’ that the project represented his administration’s commitment in improving the quality of education in Caloocan and even its neighboring cities which are also expected to benefit from the new school campus.
“It is our duty to see to it that everyone will have an easy access to education which is a basic right of every citizen. We believe that PUP-Caloocan will be one of our best instruments to fulfill this responsibility,” he said.
The youthful mayor likewise highlighted the positive effects that the new campus will bring to various aspects of city development.
“With PUP rising on this very ground, I am very sure that more businesses will sprout around it and it will follow with more job opportunities for my constituents,” he added.
The elder Malapitan has credited his son for pushing the establishment of the new PUP campus when the latter was still the representative of the city’s First District.
But the representative was the one able to secure the funds for its construction from the lower chamber, it was learned.
“This new PUP-Caloocan campus will become the first leading state university in Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) area that will surely provide quality education but very affordable and low tuition fees,” the Caloocan lawmaker said.
This early, some students from the neighboring cities have expressed excitement over the news of a new PUP campus rising in Caloocan soon.
They were all praises for the Malapitans for their efforts to build the campus that would also benefit non-Caloocan residents.