PGMA to inaugurate new CSU campus in Carig, Tuguegarao

August 27, 2009 11:45 am 

MANILA, Aug. 27 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will unveil Friday the new four-storey academic and administration building of the Cagayan State University (CSU) in Carig, Tuguegarao.

She will also unveil the new marker of this CSU building with 32 classrooms worth P34.43 million and the administration and grand entrance building worth P24.39 million.

The President will also launch the massive coconut planting program in Regions 1, 2 and 3 at the CSU to correct declining coconut production and to ensure the country is able to implement effectively the Biofuels Law of 2006.

She will likewise launch the incentives program for farmers who will join in the coconut planting program.

Records showed that since 2000, only 15,000 hectares involving 1.5 million trees were planted to coconuts in Ilocos and Cagayan Valley.

With the massive planting program of the Arroyo administration, the targeted hectarage is expected to be tripled to 50,129 hectares planted to 7.53 million coconut seedlings and involving 47,567 farm jobs for the people in coconut-farming communities.

CSU is the second largest state institution of higher learning in the Cagayan Valley Region, in terms of enrollment and number of curricular program offerings. The university was established through Presidential Decree 1436, later amended by Republic Act 8292, by the integration of all publicly-supported higher education institutions in the province of Cagayan.

Upon his assumption of the university presidency in 2004, Dr. Roger Perez embarked on infrastructure programs, financed through internally-generated income. He made available development courses free to all students who wish to pursue them. Since the majority of the university's students come from the marginalized sector of the province, Perez also made funds available for them through the CSU Kaagapay Scholarship Program, a form of Student Grant-in-Aid. (PNA) LAP/OPS/ssc

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