MANILA -- A lawmaker filed a measure proposing to rename the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte as Ferdinand E. Marcos State University (FEMSU).
In filing House Bill No. 2407 on July 27 and releasing it to the media on Wednesday, Ilocos Norte Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba said his proposal to name the state university after the former chief executive is meant to honor Marcos' "unparalleled vision and undying legacy".
The university, which was established on June 6, 1978, was named after lawyer, educator, and politician Don Mariano Marcos, the father of the late president.
Barba said MMSU has lived up to its name after it was recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Center of Excellence in Teacher Education and Center of Development in Agriculture, Biology, Forestry and Information Technology.
MMSU has also been chosen as one of the few National Universities for Agriculture and Fisheries Education in the entire Philippines, he noted.
"If President Marcos were alive today, he would have been proud of what MMSU has achieved and become--a university worthy of its name and a place from whence our leaders of the future will come, men and women who can thus rule others because they have learned the basic precept of learning first to rule themselves, their emotions, and their passions," he said.
"Staying true to President Marcos' legacy, the University envisions a premier Philippine university by 2028, guided by the value of knowledge, inclusiveness, professionalism, and spiritual and social responsibility," he added.
Barba sought the immediate passage of the bill, which had been approved on third and final reading during the previous 18th Congress. (PNA)