Republic Act No. 11695 or the new TSU charter has lapsed into a law on April 11, 2022, according to the uploaded copy of the law on the Official Gazette website.
The new charter was enacted into law without executive approval or the signature of the president pursuant to Section 27 (1), Article VI of the 1987 Constitution.
RA 11695, which governs the university on its operations, empowers the Board of Regents with additional powers for the benefit of the TSU community such as the disbursement of income generated for instruction, research, extension services, or other programs and projects of TSU, among others.
Moreover, the university’s non-teaching staff association is now given a seat in the BOR as a member through the new charter.
The new law also states the expanded curricular offerings of the university as well as the laboratory school for early childhood, primary, junior and senior high school, and special education.
In 2019, the university formed a committee to study, update, and propose amendments to the then existing charter (Republic Act No. 6764). After careful deliberation and BOR approval, the proposed amendment was elevated to the House of Representatives as House Bill No. 07797 filed on September 9, 2020.
Tarlac 2nd District representative Victor Yap served as the bill’s principal author, which was supported by the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education chaired by Baguio lone district representative Mark Go.
Meanwhile, the senate counterpart of the bill was sponsored by Senator Joel Villanueva through the mother bill, House Bill No. 9520.