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NSU Board of Regents confer honorary degree in Doctor of Humanities to Congressman Chong, former Biliran Governor Gonzales

By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
March 26, 2010

NAVAL, Biliran  –  The Board of Regents of Naval State University (NSU) conferred the honorary degree of Doctor in Humanities (Honoris Causa) to Congressman Glenn A. Chong of the Lone District of Biliran and former Biliran Governor Jose C. Gonzales during the 1st University Commencement Exercises held on March 23, 2010 at the NSU Gymnasium.

The conferment of the degree to Congressman Chong and former Biliran Governor Gonzales was granted based on NSU Board Resolution No 35 series of 2009, upon recommendation of the Academic Council and by virtue of the authority vested under Republic Act No. 9718, Republic Act No. 8292 and University Code approved per Board Resolution No. 29 series of 2009.

The members of the NSU Board of Regents are Dr. Nona S. Ricafort, Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education as Chairman and Presiding Officer; Dr. Edita S. Genson, NSU University President III, Vice-Chairman; Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas, Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, member; Rep Cynthia A. Villar, Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, member; Director Buenaventura C. Go-Soco, Jr. Regional Director-NEDA, Region No. VIII, member; Director Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Regional Director-DOST, Region No. VIII, member; Felizardo C. Aguilon, Private Sector Representative, member; Cedrick Allan Van M. Garcia, Private Sector Representative, member;  Rosana V. Solite, President, NSU-Federation of Alumni Associations, member; Arthur L. Calomadre, President-Federation of Faculty Associations, member and Voltaire B. Dagalea, President, NSU-Federation of Student Councils, member.

Congressman Chong was conferred the honorary degree in Doctor in Humanities (Honoris Causa) because of his unequivocal commitment to serve the Filipino people and for his very exceptional accomplishments as the principal sponsor of Republic Act No. 9718 or an Act Converting the Naval Institute of Technology (NIT) into Naval State University (NSU) Integrating therewith the Biliran National Agricultural College (BNAC), Republic Act No. 9872 or the establishment of Biliran Science High School, Republic Act No. 10004 or the establishment of the Western Biliran High School for the Arts and Culture, Republic Act No. 10005 or the establishment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) High School of Eastern Biliran and other significant laws in education.

Likewise, the 34-year old Biliran solon was cited the degree because of his continuing scholarship grants to poor but deserving students through congressional initiatives and from other sources which are beneficial to the constituents for sustainable development and progress of Biliran province within his first term as congressman of the Fourteenth Congress of the Philippines.

The NSU Board of Regents also presented to Congressman Chong Resolution No 07-A series of 2009 expressing the most profound gratitude and sincerest appreciation as the principal sponsor of House Bill No. 1972 substituted by House Bill No. 4414 which became a law as Republic Act No. 9718 converting NIT into NSU.

On the other hand, Atty. Gonzales was given the honorary degree in Doctor of Humanities (Honoris Causa) for his unequivocal commitment to serve the Filipino people for his very exceptional accomplishments manifested by his vital contributions in the enactment of the provincehood law of Biliran province and for his philanthropic activity through the donation of prime lots to the Naval Institute of Technology (NIT) now Naval State University (NSU), Pro Infante Et Familia Sisters, Diocese of Naval and Mother Ezperansa Orejola of the Franciscan Sisters Order which are beneficial to the constituents for sustainable development and progress of Biliran province.

During the conferment rites, the honorees was presented by Atty. Buenaventura C. Go-Soco, Jr.; the reading of the Board of Regents Resolution was done by Matias B. Bentor, University Board Secretary; the reading of authority by Dr. Nona S. Ricafort, Commissioner, Commission on Higher Education (CHED); the hooding, capping of degree of Doctor in Humanities to Congressman Glenn A. Chong and former Biliran Governor Jose C. Gonzales was done by Dr. Edita S. Genson, NSU President and she was assisted by Cedrick Allan Van M. Garcia, Private Sector Representative.