BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – City Councilor and 1st District congressional aspirant Lordan Suan is pushing for the creation of city colleges as part of his priority program if elected.
Suan said that the city’s scholarship program which has an annual sponsorship of 7,000 students is already “an outstanding” number but says that the city can do better.
Since 2013, Mayor Oscar Moreno launched a massive education development program constructing almost a thousand classrooms in almost nine years for the primary and secondary levels.
The city government also sent thousands of scholars to higher education institutions across the city.
Suan said that there are at least 12,000 senior high school graduates annually and the city is sending seven thousand each year.
“We want to fill that gap of five thousand students, send them to college too,” Suan said.
He said that if elected, he will file a law that will establish the Cagayan de Oro City Colleges – a daunting task but the young councilor says is doable on a multi-year program.
This city’s neighboring towns, Opol and Tagoloan, have established their community colleges years ago, serving not only residents of their towns but also residents of this city.
“They have established their colleges years ago, but Cagayan de Oro City is a different level – this is a big city, the challenges are unique,” Suan said.
He said that he has spoken with Deputy House Speaker and 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, and they will be working on the city colleges to make it possible.
Suan added that his own father, Agapito Suan, was a product of a scholarship grant which leads to their success in life.
He said that such city college will require a large amount of funding.
“Right now, it is too early to say (how much is needed), rest assured that I will move for the highest possible budget for the city college,” Suan said.
“I would rather we would start with a clean slate, Cagayan de Oro is a higher level,” he added.