The Laguna State Polytechnic University-Liliw Municipality tie up in the establishment of a tertiary education in the community has been bolstered with the conduct of meetings among top management officials, July 31 and August 8.
Meanwhile, student Orientation was conducted with the participation of Municipal Councilors, LSPU officials, and students on Sep. 2.
During the first meeting held at the LSPU-San Pablo City Campus, Dr. Eden C. Callo, Vice President for Academic Affairs, informed the Liliw Municipality officials and staff that it was decided by the LSPU Board of Regents (BOR) to change the nomenclature of the project from “LSPU-Liliw Extension Campus” to LSPU-Liliw Pilot Extension Classes” with respect to the limitations of its implementation. The LSPU BOR also raised their concern on the sustainability of the tie-up, putting forth the assurance that the project is not co-terminus with the present local administration. As a response, Ericson Sulibit, Municipal Mayor, assured that the education partnership shall remain regardless who acts as the chief executive of the municipality as evidenced by the creation of a municipal resolution.
Further, Mayor Sulibit also clarified that the reason for opting for a tie-up with an established academic institution instead of establishing an independent local higher education is the rigorous process that would take time and would pose delay for the immediate need of the community for an accessible tertiary education.
LSPU-Liliw Pilot Extension Classes will be offering two bachelors programs, namely: Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) and Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep).
The management of operation of the site will remain with the Liliw Municipality with the supervision of the LSPU-Sta. Cruz Main campus in terms of academic and management system in maintaining the standard of education the University has established.
Mary Maileen Sulibit, Municipal Executive Assistant, informed LSPU that the building for the Pilot Extension Classes is being constructed; for the meantime, the students will be occupying the ALS building.
With the approval of the University President Mario R. Briones, the Sta. Cruz Main campus will be the host campus of the LSPU-Liliw Pilot Extension Classes as headed by Campus Director Engr. Joseph M. Cabiente. The Sta. Cruz Campus Registrar connected with Liliw Municipality for the enrolment process.
Other University officials who took part in the partnership are Vice President for Administration, Efren R. Dela Paz; Campus Directors Engr. Joseph M. Cabiente, Engr. Manuel Luis R. Alvarez, Engr. Beltran P. Pedrigal, and Dr. Daniel D. Bunal; Director of Gender and Development , Dr. Ruby Brion; Director of Extension and Training Services, Angela Reginaldo; Guidance Officer, Annalyn Delfino; Dean of the College of Teacher Education, Dr. Florhaida V. Pamatmat; Dean of the College of Business Management and Accountancy, Marissa M. Dimarucot; and Chairperson of the Human Resource Management, Melissa Rose Tupas.
VPAA Callo suggested that the students be listed in the Listahanan of the DSWD for further scholastic support should students be eligible for the said grant.