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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The administration of the State-run Benguet State University (BSU) is currently studying the possibility of putting up a government center within its property in consonance with the university’s comprehensive land use plan to cater to the increasing need of government offices for a permanent location that will translate to savings on excessive rentals and other related expenses.
BSU president Dr. Felipe S. Comila disclosed the institution will seek the assistance of Benguet Caretaker Congressman and Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap to make the appropriate representations with the concerned government agencies needing the put up of their permanent offices in the province to pool their resources to bankroll the construction of buildings to be built in the proposed government center.
“We want to share to our fellow government agencies part of our landholdings for the put up of their permanent offices with funding coming from the national government through the assistance of our hardworking and passionate Congressman Yap, our noble partner in bringing our needs to the attention of the national government,” Dr. Comila stressed.
One of Comila’s programs, projects and activities when he was campaigning for the presidency is for the institution to offer an area to host its partner agencies, such as the Office of Congressman Yap, the office of the Senator who will be in charge of higher education, among other concerned government agencies that need permanent offices in the province.
The BSU official asserted that the institution wants to be a catalyst for the operation of a one-stop government center to spare the transacting public from expending additional time, resource and effort in dealing with various government offices that are spread out in different places.
He claimed BSU had been donating some of its landholdings to some government agencies and leased out some portions to private institutions and businesses but the university has failed to the need of some government agencies to have a permanent site for their offices not only in the province but also in the region as a whole.
While the matter will still be discussed with the Board of Regents for their conformity, Comila expressed confidence the Board members will appreciate the vision of the present administration for harmonious working relationships with fellow government entities for the effective and efficient delivery of services without making it hard for the people to transact businesses with the agencies responsible for their concerns.
He emphasized that the proposed government center has been included in the university’s comprehensive land use plan in accordance with the institution’s vision, mission, goals and objectives, especially with the ongoing rapid changes caused by the prevailing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. By HENT