Rep. Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan

TACLOBAN CITY – House of Representatives Minority Leader Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan has filed a bill seeking to transform the Samar National School of Arts and Trade (SNSAT) into a new polytechnic state college, aiming to enhance Eastern Samar province’s capacity to produce job-ready higher education graduates.

Under House Bill No. 10092, proposed by Libanan, the SNSAT, located in the town of Taft, would be developed and modernized into the new Eastern Samar Polytechnic State College (ESPSC).

“We are absolutely determined to boost public access to free higher education in Eastern Samar,” Libanan said in a press statement.

The national government covers tuition and other school fees for students enrolled in state universities and colleges under the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act of 2017.

“We are counting on the new ESPSC to produce highly employable graduates who can help their families achieve a superior quality of life,” Libanan added.

Once enacted, the new ESPSC would have its own governing board under the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).

The ESPSC would offer professional and technical instruction and training at both graduate and undergraduate levels in fields such as engineering, education, arts and sciences, and trades.