BY ASANGAN T. MADALE
“We sincerely appreciate the decision of the Senate to increase the budget of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology by P55 million and of the MSU main campus by P214.698 million,” Mayor Frederick W. Siao said, noting that MSU-IIT was ranked among the top schools in the 2023 QS Asian University Ranking.
Based on the document obtained by Manila Times , Mayor Siao also said MSU-IIT is “an economic powerhouse because it is a key reason Iligan is an education hub here in Northern Mindanao. It is the centerpiece of the education sector here. Thousands of MSMEs exist and operate in the city because MSU-IIT is here and other schools are here.”
He added that because of MSU-IIT and Iligan as an education hub, Iligan City “has become a strong magnet attracting young, highly-skilled freelance specialists in information and communication technologies.”
The mayor said Iligan is now “an IT portal in the real and virtual worlds as unveiled at the Philippine Online Freelancers Conference (POFCON) held recently in Iligan City. We have made Iligan City IT professionals friendly, ushering MSMEs into the digital space so they can increase their incomes and create jobs.
“The economic potentials of Iligan City and other LGUs would be further unleashed when in-person classes are at 100% and when all our residents are fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID as well as other diseases there are vaccines for.”