BACOLOD CITY, April 3 (PNA) — Gov, Alfredo Marañon of Negros Occidental received Wednesday an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration from Northern Negros College of Science and Technology in Sagay City.
The honorary degree was conferred by NONESCOST President Romulo Sisno and Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Nona Ricafort during NONESCOST’s 14th Commencement Exercises.
“It is indeed a great honor for me as I believe it reflects your recognition of my contribution to the development of this institution and the province of Negros Occidental,” said Marañon in his acceptance speech.
Prior to this recognition, Marañon has been known to many as the “Father of NONESCOST.”
He was the author of the bill, now Republic Act 8448, that converted the institution into a state college in 1998.
Prior to its conversion as state college, NONESCOST started its legacy as barangay high school in 1970.
Its main building used to be the public market of Sagay during the pre-war period, according to Marañon.
Seeing the need to develop the school, Marañon, who served as mayor of Sagay, also took effort to elevate the status of the school to municipal/city school.
Marañon also ventured into a memorandum of agreement making the institution the extension campus of Iloilo School of Fisheries in 1978.
Now NONESCOST is the only institution in Western Visayas which earned the Anglo Japanese American Award or the AJA ISO 9001-2008 Certificate that manifest how excellent is the school’s management and curriculum program. (PNA)