NSU Board of Regents
confer honorary degree in Doctor of Humanities to Congressman Chong,
former Biliran Governor Gonzales
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
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.
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