Tacloban City, Leyte – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will be funding the construction of US$4 million two three-storey buildings in Visayas State University – Tolosa Campus as part of the Yolanda (Haiyan) rehabilitation support of the Korean government to institutions badly hit by the strongest typhoon to make a landfall.
Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-Shin and VSU President Edgardo Tulin were present during the groundbreaking rites conducted at the Tolosa campus of the region’s premier university as indicator of the beginning of construction works.
The structures, as agreed and planned, will house administration offices, state-of-the-art classrooms and dormitories.
The Korean envoy, in his message, said that he is proud that the Korean government is one of the important partners in the rebuilding the Super Typhoon Yolanda affected areas.
He was Korea’s ambassador to Germany when the catastrophe happened.
“I hoped I could that I could do something to help the victims in the Philippines. My fellow Koreans felt the same way, so they tried to offer assistance in every way possible way,” Kim said in his speech.
Dr. Tulin meanwhile said that the restoration of the campus would have been very difficult without the assistance of various organizations like KOICA.
“Today’s ceremony is a life-changing and a dream-fulfilling occasion and the infrastructure that we have laid down will make that dream happen,” the university president said.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), represented by Deputy Executive Director Napoleon Imperial, said that that the structures will increase the chance of VSU to be recognized as Center of Development for Fisheries and establish higher academic reputation in marine sciences.
“We can expect that the Tolosa Campus can attract more and more fishery students not only from the province of Leyte but from other localities,” Imperial said.
VSU is formerly the Visayas State College of Agriculture (VISCA) and its main campus is in Baybay City. Other than Tolosa, it has satellite campuses in Villaba, Isabel and Alang-alang.