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First Lady leads groundbreaking rites for West Visayas State U Law building

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a four-story College of Law building at the West Visayas State University (WVSU).

The First Lady is a part-time faculty member at WVSU College of Law where she teaches Criminal Law.

The WVSU, which is the first and only state university in Western Visayas that offers a legal education program in the region, recognizes the need for a separate building.

“At the height of the pandemic when most schools were closing their doors, our university took a leap of faith by opening its juris doctor program. As the only state university offering a legal education program in Western Visayas, we embark on a journey that has surpassed our initial vision,” said WVSU President Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz.

During the ceremony, Villaruz took pride in announcing that the pioneer batch of the program will be taking the Bar examination in September this year.

He also extended gratitude to the First Lady and other stakeholders for “providing the university the opportunity to expand its student intake and widen its legal advocacy programs” through the construction of the state-of-the-art building.

West Visayas State University (WVSU) President Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz, in his cordial message, extended gratitude to First Lady Marie Louise Araneta-Marcos for being instrumental to the realization of the WVSU College of Law building. (PIA Region VI photo)

According to DPWH Regional Director Sonny Boy O. Oropel, the College of Law (COL) building is situated within the main campus of WVSU in the La Paz district of this City and will be a green building with a total floor area of 3,456 square meters or 864 square meters per floor.

Facilities to include in the construction are six theater-type air-conditioned classrooms, an auditorium, a review room, a conference room, a legal clinic, a Wi-Fi connection, and a library.

To further enhance the capabilities of the law students, the building will also house two moot courtrooms, an arbitration or training room, and a Journal for Law Advocacy Office which will be used for the simulation of court hearings and litigation processes, among others.

For the instructors, a faculty room and offices for the college dean and associate dean will also be available upon completion of the project.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 6 Regional Director Engr. Sonny Boy Oropel presents the project brief of the WVSU College of Law Building while presenting the perspective of the building on screen. (PIA Region VI photo)

Apart from these, the COL building will also house a cafeteria, prayer room, storage or supplies room, comfort rooms with persons with disability (PWD) accessible facilities, and a parking area.

To promote the use of sustainable energy, the project also includes solar panels to supply power to the building. Elevators will also be available to allow easy access to all levels of the building for the students, faculty members, and guests.

Security features will also be incorporated including close circuit televisions or CCTV and a key card access system for the entire building.

Meanwhile, the façade of the building will be integrated with the design elements of WVSU’s Quezon Hall, to give value to the university’s most notable and oldest building, which has also been contributing as the temporary home for the current students of the College since its inception in 2020.

Fourth-year law student Stephene Barredo, a member of the pioneer batch, expressed his excitement after hearing the budget was approved and soon to commence the construction of the building.

“The realization of this new building brings immense relief to us. Though we may not have the privilege of studying in it, we believe that the government owes this to the future law students of WVSU, our juniors,” said Barredo.

He also appreciated the efforts of the university administration for focusing and prioritizing the needs of the College and cited the significance of the project as a big step forward.

First Lady Louise Araneta-Marcos leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the 4-storey twin building of the WVSU College of Law. She was joined by (from left) DPWH Undersecretary Roberto R. Bernardo, WVSU President Joselito F. Villaruz, CHED Chairperson Dr. J. Prospero E. de Vera III, DPWH 6 Regional Director Engr. Sonny Boy O. Oropel, WVSU-College of Law Dean Atty. Pauline Grace B. Alfuente, Assistant Secretary Nerie D. Bueno, among others. (PIA Region VI)

“The new building signifies more than just another addition to WVSU's infrastructure -- it symbolizes the alignment of destiny, affirming that this College is indeed on the right track,” he added.

Meanwhile, in her message, WVSU-COL Dean Pauline Grace B. Alfuente assured that the College and its professors of law will remain dedicated to fostering legal excellence and nurturing the bright minds that will shape the future of the legal profession, knowing that they can do better in a new home.

According to the public works department, the project is targeted to be completed within 458 days after the commencement of its construction. (AAL/FRG/PIA6)

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