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Hernandez unveils Laguna University marker

November 23, 2018

    Sta. Cruz – A marker in honor of the officials who were instrumental in the establishment of the Laguna University (LU) was unveiled during a simple ceremony recently in the school’s New Building, this municipality.

    Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez together with former Governor Teresita “Ningning” Lazaro lifted the curtain revealing the names of the officials engraved in a steel marker. Governor Hernandez exalted Lazaro who initiated efforts more than a decade ago to build a university primarily meant for underprivileged youth in Laguna.

   “Today is a historic event where we honor the person who moved heaven and earth and eventually led to the creation of the Laguna University, now a symbol of progress, hope and bright future for the thousands of Laguna learners,” Hernandez said.

    Lazaro, in her speech as guest of honor, graciously accepted the accolade but deflected it even complimenting officials, faculty and parents who conscientiously worked toward achieving one of the cornerstones of her administration. “I am and still is an educator by heart and I am grateful to all of you for coming today to reminisce the efforts of the men and women who founded the university,” Lazaro said.

    The occasion was well attended by past and present officials that included former Provincial Administrator Dennis Lazaro, former Board Member Arcadio Gapangada, incumbent Board Member Ruth Hernandez, Vice Governor Karen Agapay, and Provincial Administrator Dulce Rebanal.

    Also witnessing the occasion were past and present department heads of the provincial government, the school’s Board of Regents, faculty and hundreds of students.

    By virtue of Provincial Ordinance No. 1 Series of 2006, the LU was established on February 15, 2006 under the leadership of Lazaro, then governor of Laguna, who was elected president and Chairman of the Board of Regents.

    Hernandez, who was then sitting as Senior Board Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, was the principal sponsor of the ordinance.

    The first day of regular classes commenced on June 19, 2006, with 423 students, 18 faculty members, and 7 administrative personnel at the RECS Village (now called Laguna Sports Complex), Santa Cruz, Laguna.

     At present, LU has more than 3,000 students and 100 faculty members, with eight programs, all recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and one technical-vocational course under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA.

   Since then, LU has been instrumental in helping the underprivileged but talented students, by providing quality education and affordable tuition.

Majority of the enrolled students are themselves scholars, owing largely to the free college tuition law.

 (Article by George Salvo, photos by Henry Sapungan Jr. – PIO Laguna)