Romblon now has a university

PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — ROMBLON, a third-class province in the Mimaropa (Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan) region, will now have a university that will offer major courses similar to those taught in big institutions in Metro Manila and other cities and provinces.

To be called Romblon State University (RSU), the project was made possible through a House bill jointly sponsored by Representatives Eleandro Jesus Madrona (Romblon) and Cynthia Villar (Las Piñas City) that was signed into law recently by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The new university was transformed from the former Romblon State College in Odiongan town to provide the “best and advanced but affordable education” to residents of Romblon, where the main source of livelihood is fishing and agriculture, according to Madrona and Villar.

RSU president Jeter Sespense said the school will also accept students from nearby provinces who can take courses in fishery, agriculture, forestry, science and technology, education, arts and sciences and other degrees offered in most of the country’s big institutions.

Romblon Gov. Natalio Beltran III said the school’s status as a university will be fully implemented beginning next school year.