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BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 500 - AN ACT CONVERTING AND INTEGRATING THE WESTERN VISAYAS COLLEGE OF FISHERIES AND THE ESTANCIA HIGH SCHOOL BOTH IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF ESTANCIA, PROVINCE OF ILOILO, INTO A POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE TO BE KNOWN AS THE NORTHERN ILOILO POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

Section 1. The Western Visayas College of Fisheries and the Estancia High School both in the Municipality of Estancia, Province of Iloilo, are converted and integrated into a polytechnic state college to be known as the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, hereinafter referred to as the State College.

Sec. 2. The State College shall primarily provide higher vocational, professional, and technical instruction and training in the fields of industry, agriculture, fishery, engineering and sciences, as well as short-term vocational technical continuing courses. It shall also promote research, advanced studies, and progressive leadership in the fields of agriculture including agricultural education and home technology, fishery, forestry, industrial technology including industrial education, arts service trades, engineering and sciences.

Sec. 3. In addition to the present secondary, post-secondary and graduate courses of the two component schools, the State College shall offer graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of agricultural and industrial education, sciences, engineering, such as: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Mining Engineering, Marine Engineering, Industrial Management, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension, Home Technology, Agricultural Technology, Fishery Technology, Forestry, Diploma in Veterinary Technology, and Engineering Technology; postgraduate courses leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Education, Industrial Technology; and other degree courses and special courses as the Board of Trustees may deem proper.

Sec. 4. No student shall be denied admission to the State College by reason of sex, ethnic consideration, or religious belief or affiliation.

Sec. 5. The head of the State College shall be known as the President of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College. His salary shall be fixed by the Board of Trustees comparable to that being received by the president of similar institutions of like standing, subject to Presidential Decree No. 985 and other pertinent budget and compensation laws. He shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines. The incumbent Superintendent of Western Visayas College of Fisheries shall be the first President of the State College, subject to the civil service law, rules and regulations.

The powers and duties of the President of the State College, in addition to those specifically provided for in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the office of the president of a college.

Sec. 6. The governing body of the State College shall be the Board of Trustees of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College. It shall be composed of the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports as chairman, the President of the State College as vice-chairman, with the following as members: Director, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Region VI, Director, National Economic and Development Authority, an assemblyman for the Province of Iloilo, the Governor of the Province of Iloilo, and one bona fide resident of Iloilo with management and technical expertise who shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines.

When the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports is unable to perform his duties as chairman of the board due to illness, absence or other causes, or in case of vacancy in the office, the Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sports shall temporarily perform the functions of the chairman of the said board. When both the Minister and the Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Sports are unable to exercise the powers of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the members of the board shall elect from among themselves a temporary chairman who shall act as chairman thereof.

Sec. 7. The members of the Board of Trustees shall served without compensation but they shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the board or upon other official business authorized by resolution thereof, subject to existing budget laws on honoraria and allowances.

Sec. 8. In addition to its general powers of administration, the Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) To receive and appropriate for the purposes specified by law such sums as may be provided for the support of the State College;

(b) To confer degrees upon successful candidates for graduation of the State College. It may also confer the usual honorary degrees upon persons in recognition of learning, statesmanship or eminence in science, agriculture, forestry, industry or public service related to such fields;

(c) To authorize the President of the State College to award proficiency certificates or diploma to students who have completed non-degree courses;

(d) Subject to Civil Service Law, rules and regulations, to appoint, upon recommendation of the President of the State College, the deans of the different schools of the State College, the registrar, heads of departments, professors, instructors, lecturers and other employees of the State College; to fix, in accordance with the rates established by the Compensation and Position Classification Administration, their compensation; to prescribe hours of service, duties and the conditions of works as it may deem proper, to grant to them in its discretion, leaves of absence under such regulations as it may promulgate, any provisions of existing law to the contrary notwithstanding, and to remove them for cause upon investigation and hearing pursuant to Civil Service Law governing disciplinary action;

(e) To approve the curricula and rules of discipline drawn up by the State College Council as hereinafter provided;

(f) To provide fellowship and scholarship for deserving faculty members and students;

(g) To prescribe rules for its own government and for this purpose, to enact such regulations not contrary to law as may be necessary;

(h) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, and donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefit of the State College or of a department thereof, or for aid to any student in accordance with the directions and instructions of the donor, and in default thereof, in such manner as the Board of Trustees may in its discretion determine;

(i) To provide vocational training to adult citizens and out-of-school youths; and

(j) To name after prominent Filipinos or heroes any building, annex, ground, or branch of the State College.

Sec. 9. A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a majority of all the members holding office at the time the meeting of the board is called. All processes against the Board of Trustees shall be served on the president or secretary thereof.

Sec. 10. On or before the fifteenth day of June of each year, the Board of Trustees shall submit to the President of the Philippines a detailed report, setting forth the progress, condition, and needs of the State College.

Sec. 11. There shall be a State College Council consisting of the President of the State College and all members of the faculty of the State College. The Council shall have the power to prescribe the curricula and rules of discipline, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. It shall fix the requirements for admission to the State College, as well as for graduation and the conferring of degrees subject to review by the Board of Trustees. The Council alone shall have the power to recommend students or others to be recipients of degrees. Through the President of the State College or a duly authorized committee, the council shall have disciplinary power over the students within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline.

Sec. 12. The body of instructors and professors of the State College shall constitute the faculty of the State College, with the President of the State College as the presiding officer.

No member of the faculty of the State College shall attempt directly or indirectly, under penalty of dismissal by the Board of Trustees, to influence students or attendants at the State College towards any ideology, political or otherwise, which preaches the overthrow of the government through violence or subversion.

Sec. 13. There shall be a secretary of the State College who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees upon recommendation of the President of the State College. He shall be the secretary of the board and also of the State College, and shall keep such records of the State College as may be determined by the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 14. The President of the State College may, upon prior consultation with the superintendent of schools of the province, designate any secondary school in the division concerned as training or laboratory school of the State College.

Sec. 15. The Treasurer of the Philippines shall be ex officio, treasurer of the State College. All accounts and expenses thereof shall be audited by the Commission on Audit and all disbursements shall be made in accordance with auditing rules and regulations.

Sec. 16. Heads of bureaus and offices of the national government are hereby authorized to loan, or transfer, upon request of the President of the State College, such apparatus, equipment or supplies as may be needed by the State College and to detail employees for duty therein, when in the judgment of the head of the bureau or office, such apparatus, equipment, supplies or the services of such employees can be spared without serious detriment to the public service. Employees so detailed shall perform such duty as is required under such detail, and the time so employed shall be counted as part of their regular official service.

Sec. 17. The requirements provided in this Act as may prove adverse to the present faculty and employees of the Western Visayas College of Fisheries and the Estancia High School who may be absorbed by the State College shall not apply to them. But future appointees to the said State College shall be subject to all the requirements provided in this Act.

Sec. 18. All parcels of land, buildings, equipment and facilities owned by the Western Visayas College of Fisheries and the Estancia High School, as well as all obligations and appropriations thereof, shall be transferred to the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College.

Sec. 19. All existing appropriations for the Western Visayas College of Fisheries and the Estancia High School are hereby transferred to the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, to be disbursed in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The necessary sum for the operation and maintenance of the new state college shall be provided for in subsequent General Appropriations Acts, until which time the operations of the institution as a state college are deferred, provided that its new name shall take effect upon approval of this Act.

Sec. 20. The Board of Trustees in the fulfillment of the objectives of the Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College is empowered to establish satellite schools and/or extension schools and to integrate and make part of the State College other national and vocational schools of the Province of Iloilo and nearby provinces: Provided, That these schools will continue to offer their present curricular offerings that the Board of Trustees may in its discretion authorize.

Sec. 21. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved: June 10, 1983.

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