MANILA -- Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte on Monday vowed to prioritize the upgrading of the quality of education if elected as mayor in the mid-term polls, through funding the city's own university.
"If elected, in my first term of administration, I aim to establish the Quezon City University for our objective to improve the quality of education we offer to our students. In accordance with the Free Education Act, we will strive to give the students a free and better quality of education," Belmonte said in an ambush interview.
The vice mayor cited that the city has already formulated an ordinance for the university, through the Quezon City Council she presided, which provides its charter and admission policies.
"We already have a landmark legislation for this through the initiative of the 20th City Council which we have consulted to CHED [Commission on Higher Education] and all the stakeholders. This will be our priority project in my first term of administration if we will be elected as mayor," Belmonte added.
The ordinance proposes to rename the current Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) to Quezon City University, and also seeks to enhance its programs "in support of the goals and policies of the national government in providing its citizens quality education."
The Quezon City University also intends to promote the conduct of researches and advance studies in several fields, while providing innovations in teaching, research, and faculty development. (PNA)
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