Senatror Edgardo J. Angara graced the 12th Commencement Exercises of the Mandaue City College in Gaisano Country Mall, Cinemaplex 3, Banilad, Cebu City last March 20, 2010. With him in the picture is the founder of College and former mayor, Thadeo Z. Ouano and the College President, Dr. Paulus Mariae L. Cañete.
During his talk, he tackled about the importance of education and encouraged all to persevere. He was aware of the situation of the College. He also shared that he is one of the proponent and author of the CHED Law or the Republic Act 7722: The Higher Education Act of 1994.
Senator Angara is an educator, lawyer, banker, farmer, patron of the arts and served as President of the Senate of the Philippines from 1993 to 1995. He was a Senator from 1987 to 1998 and then served as Secretary of Agriculture from 1999 to 2001. He has served in the Senate again since 2001. Also, he served as President of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987.
As chairman of the Congressional Commission on Education, Angara sponsored laws that resulted in the creation of the Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority, both of which enabled the Department of Education to focus on its main concern – basic education.
He authored the Free High School Act that ensured secondary education even for the poorest; the Senior Citizens Act (or The Angara Law) that allowed the elderly to avail of substantial discounts when buying medicine or riding public transport; the National Health Insurance Act, or PHILHEALTH, that provided insurance to every citizen; and the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE), the biggest scholarship program.
Under his Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA), farmers and fisher folk benefited from improved seeds and plant materials, better irrigation, better financing and market access.
He authored the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers and was the principal author of the laws that created the new National Museum and the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.