The Provincial Board has asked the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) to conduct a preliminary study on the establishment of a local government-funded school which will be called Palawan College of Science and Technology (PCST).
Board Member Winston Arzaga said Tuesday during the regular session of the Provincial Board that there is a need to put up a government-owned school that would provide educational assistance to indigent students.
“Nakita ko ang pangangailangan ng probinsya na magkaroon ng sariling kolehiyo. Lalo na malaki ang pondo para sa scholarship kung saan wala na tayong babayaran kasi libre na ang pag-aaral,” Arzaga said in his sponsorship speech.
He said that instead of spending P125 million, the provincial government’s expenditure for scholarship grants, the amount could be used to construct the school that can have branches in southern and northern Palawan.
Arzaga added that its creation will provide access and will open the door to poor students in far-flung areas to obtain their college education.
“Yong school na ito ay magkakaroon ng specialized courses, halimbawa sa Araceli, Taytay at Dumaran, baka maganda aquaculture. Then sa south, mga technology courses na naiiba sa mga kasalukayang kurso dito,” he said.
If the provincial government will prioritize the creation of the school, Arzaga added it can operate in June 2019 based on his discussion with officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
“Kung sisikapin pwede tayo mag-open next June, pero mas maganda na ilapit natin sa mga lugar na wala talagang school. Libre nga ang pag-aaral ngayon, marami pa rin ang gastos pambayad ng boarding house pati allowance,” Arzaga said.