SAN CARLOS CITY -- The city's Binalatongan Community College (BCC) will soon have its own building.

Mayor Julier Resuello said the City Council approved last year the allocation of P5 million in this year's budget for the construction of a four-classroom building at BCC.

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This will be constructed soon at the vacant lot in front of the Dona Eva Macapagal School Complex. Currently, the students hold classes at the classrooms of the elementary school inside the complex.

Resuello said they had earlier made a request to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a P10 million fund for the construction of other school facilities.

"This is a very good development considering the problem we faced earlier," he remarked.

Last year, the City Government received a "cease and desist operation" letter from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as BCC does not have the required buildings/facilities.

The mayor thanked lawyer Adel Tamano, president of the Association of Local Colleges and Universities (ALCU) and of the Pamantasan ng Maynila (PLM), for helping them address their concerns.

At present, there are more than 130 students enrolled at the Binalatongan Community College. The first batch will graduate next year. The school offers Bachelor of Science in Education and BS Information Technology.

A student pays a maximum of P1,500 tuition fee every semester.

Resuello said they are planning to offer vocational courses to help more students from poor families.

Last Monday, third district Representative Rachel Arenas donated P500,000 to the school for its operational expenses.

Meanwhile, Resuello thanked their kababayans living abroad for volunteering to sponsor students from poor families.

"They said they can sponsor the tuition fees more than one student. But they were amenable to my suggestion na kahit tig-isang scholar lang sila basta diretso yong sponsorship nila hanggang makatapos yong estudyante. Sa ganoong paraan, mas maraming kababayan namin ang makakapagtapos ng kolehiyo."

The establishment of the BCC was a dream of his father, the late mayor Julian Resuello.

It came about through the Marcelo Casillan Foundation, which later turned it over to the City Government. (LCMY/Sunnex)