December 14, 2022

Year-end New Beginning: BulSU Inaugurates San Rafael Campus

The year might be coming to an end, but it is only just the beginning for Bulacan State University San Rafael Campus (BulSU-SRC) as the University Administrators ceremonially cut the ribbons and unveiled the markers for the facilities of the campus, December 14, 2022.

By Media Relations Office

Among the initially completed facilities that were inaugurated were the Campus Main Gate, Academic Buildings 1 and 2, Dedication Markers and the Campus Label.

The blessing rites were officiated by Fr. Mauricio Lucas and Fr. Jonathan Paul Ventura, while the ceremonial ribbon-cutting and unveiling of markers were led by the University President and San Rafael Campus Director Dr. Cecilia S. Navasero-Gascon, Bulacan 3rd District Representative Congw. Lorna Silverio, BulSU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs – External Campuses and San Rafael Assistant Campus Administrator Prof. Gerald C. Hilario, Executive Vice President Dr. Teody C. San Andres, Chancellor for External Campuses Dr. Reynaldo S. Naguit, and San Rafael Municipal Mayor Mark Cholo Violago.

Also present to witness the event is the Chancellor for the Main Campus Dr. Romeo DC. Inasoria, College Deans from the Main Campus, External Campus Administrators, the representative of Filinvest, the donor of the land used for the campus, Mr. Jeffrey Nisnisan, other LGU Officials of San Rafael and nearby municipalities, and the Project Management Office Director Arch. Ma. Saturnina Parungao together with her team of Engineers and Architects responsible for the planning and execution of the construction of San Rafael Campus.

The identical Academic Buildings 1 and 2, both four-storeys and have 20 classrooms, are expected to house 3,000-4,000 students, the University President said in an interview, while the Campus Auditorium is well on the way to completion.

“San Rafael [Campus] will have its own students, separate and distinct from our Main Campus [in Malolos]. Actually, we have already admitted students, ngayon lang nasa Main Campus pa sila, pero by second semester, which will start by January or February, we will be bringing the students here, we will be holding classes dito na sa San Rafael”, Dr. Gascon shared.

“Right now, mayroon lang kaming tig-iisang section per program pero beginning next school year, we will be admitting two more sections per program”, she added.

Meanwhile, Congw. Lorna Silverio, the principal author of RA 11329 otherwise known as the Bulacan State University San Rafael Campus Act, shared the story of how the Campus was conceived.

“Mayroon akong Republic Act [RA11329]. Mayroon akong House Bill, creating the Bulacan State University Campus in the Municipality of San Rafael. Kaya naman dito, ito, hindi ko ito pinili dahil lang taga-rito ako. Pinili ko ito, dahil gusto ko along the bypass [road] ilagay para mas marami ang makinabang”, Congw. Lorna narrated.

She also expressed her excitement and hopes of additional land donations so that the Campus may be further developed.

“Kasi we still need to put up other buildings to house the laboratories. Kasi magpapatayo pa kami ng ospital dito. Iyon ang dream. Iyon ang dream ko, magkaroon kami ng isang ospital dito para ‘yon ang training hospital”, Congw. Lorna concluded.

As for the teaching force of the Campus, Prof. Gerald Hilario brought clarity to the issue.

“Creative loading of the teachers, in the meantime na wala pa yung mga bagong faculty na iha-hire [for SRC], ‘yong faculty sa Main Campus, we will be sort of exporting them, we will be delivering the expertise of our faculty from the Main Campus to San Rafael. Transportation will be provided so that distance will not be a problem”, Prof. Hilario clarified.

With this, the student population of San Rafael Campus is expected to triple; from 189 to around 600 starting next school year.