The northern part of Metro Manila, collectively known as Camanava, is composed of Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas City and Valenzuela City.
Under the bill, the PUP Caloocan City-North Branch shall offer graduate, undergraduate and short-term technical-vocational courses within its area of specialization and capabilities.
It shall undertake research and extension services, and provide progressive leadership in these areas, including the offering of graduate degrees under the PUP Open University System.
The amount necessary to carry out the provisions of the Act shall be charged against the current year’s appropriations of the PUP. Thereafter, such amount as may be necessary for the continued operation and maintenance of the PUP-Caloocan City North branch shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.
Per the 2016 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the country has 3.8 million out-of-school children and youth or about 10 percent of the 39 million Filipino with age ranging from six to 24 years old.
The bill’s author Rep. Dale Malapitan said the absence of a state university in Camanava “puts the poor families to incur an extra expense, rob students their productive time and/or promote disenchantment or disinterest among the youth to pursue and complete their college or technical education.”
State universities and colleges (SUCs) in the National Capital Region (NCR) are only found in the cities of Manila, Quezon, Marikina, Pasay, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Taguig and Pasig, with campuses in various parts of the country, but not in Metro Manila North, said Malapitan.
The committee is chaired by Rep. Ann Hofer.