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MAASIN CITY, Mar. 25 (PIA) -- Ground development for the Southern Leyte State University campus in this city can be expected to begin next year, according to Prose Ivy Yepes, SLSU president.

“This was included in the university-wide land use development for the years 2022, 2023, 2024,” Yepes said in an interview with local media at Kuting Reef Resort, Macrohon on Monday, Mar. 22, on the sidelines of a solar lighting project launching led by the technical education skills development authority (TESDA).

A budget of P 80 million was proposed to start work in order to develop the 7-hectare site in barangay Tam-is, while in 2023, the construction of at least two buildings will follow, Yepes said.

Asked about moves for SLSU-MCC to evolve as a medical school, Yepes said a technical working group (TWG) was formed for this purpose, to study and make recommendations, but everything as of the moment was still in progress.

Last week, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed by the LGU, represented by Vice Mayor Maloney Samaco, and SLSU school officials led by Yepes, for the deed of donation of the 7-hectare lot, the LGU turning it over to SLSU, Yepes shared.

Mayor Nacional Mercado was not able to attend for he was busy preparing to be joining the audience for the President’s visit in Tacloban March 18, Yepes also said.

In its facebook page, LGU Maasin City expressed heartfelt gratitude for the plaque of appreciation given by the city LGU to SLSU in the turnover ceremony held at SLSU-MCC audio visual room, March 16, Tuesday last week.

“The 70,000 square meter lot donation will be of great use for the new, soon-to-rise SLSU-MCC situated at Brgy. Tam-is, Maasin City,” the LGU post said.

“Rest assured that we will continue to support all your programs and activities for we are committed to give priority for quality education,” the LGU-Maasin FB page post ended. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)