TACLOBAN CITY – The Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) opened its Balangiga campus, its sixth in the province, on Thursday (August 17).

ESSU-BALANGIGA. Rep. Jude Acidre of the Tingog party-list group led in the opening of the satellite campus of the Eastern Samar State University in the historic town of Balangiga on August 17. Joining him were Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone and Balangiga Mayor Dana Flynch de Lira. (Photo Courtesy)

Governor Ben Evardone, Vice Governor Maricar Sison-Goteesan, Rep. Jude Acidre of the Tingog party-list group, among others graced the event as they were welcomed by town Mayor Dana Flynch de Lira and university president Andres Pagatpatan Jr.

The newly-launched ESSU Balangiga Campus is offering Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship with 71 enrollees and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management with 82 students and four teaching staff.

During the launching, Gov. Evardone announced that the first batch of enrollees in ESSU Balangiga are going to be scholars under the provincial government.

Meanwhile, Rep. Acidre, in his message, said that funding is forthcoming for the construction of new buildings at the ESSU-Balangiga Campus.

Among the buildings to be constructed include an academic building with a proposed budget of P50 million and an administrative building at P40 million.

It was learned that the creation of the ESSU satellite campus in Balangiga was made possible through a legislative measure authored by the Tingog party-list supported by House Speaker and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Eastern Samar Rep. Ma. Fe Abunda, and 4Ps Rep. Marcelino Libanan, who is also the minority floor leader of the House of Representatives.