“IT WAS a giant leap for Bacolod City College (BCC) towards becoming a university.”
This was stressed by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia during the groundbreaking ceremony of the P350 million BCC Site Development and Facilities Project in Barangay Taculing on Friday along with the officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) led by its chairman former Senator Alberto Romulo.
Leonardia said the BCC site development and facilities project is part of the city’s priority projects to be funded by the P1.7 billion loan from the DBP.
He said the three other priority projects such as the development of Progreso Village Relocation site worth P350 million: construction of roads and bridges, P200 million; and the development of Bacolod MassKara Coliseum, P800 million, and the contractors are only waiting for the issuance of the Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) so they can start the construction.
“BCC’s contractor already complied with the ECC so they can start the construction of the project,” he added.
Leonardia noted that if they will follow the written commitment, the project will be finished in three years, but they talked with the contractor to finish it as soon as possible.
“We made so many moves, struggles in BCC, but this is one a giant leap for BCC and this is a major step towards BCC will becoming university,” Leonardia said.
The BCC’s project contractor, the ESJ and Sons Construction, will construct the project in a 19,000 square meter lot within the existing main campus of BCC in Barangay Taculing.
They will build three structures and renovations of the existing main building of BCC. These structures include an information system’s building, activity building, and administration building. These will be built with air-conditioning units.
They are also proposing to build the road networks, roadways and covered walkways of BCC.
Romulo said the DBP is very happy to be part of the BCC’s building project which this loan was approved by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Monetary Board, and the Department of Finance.
“We are very proud that we are part of this BCC building project because it will provide education to thousands of people not only in Bacolod City but also in Negros Occidental because through education we can truly reduce the poverty level of our people. The target of President Rodrigo Duterte is to reduce it to 40 percent,” he said.
He added that through this project, BCC will later become a university.
Leonardia along with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and the DBP officials led by Romulo also held the ceremonial signing of loan agreement between the city government and the DBP at the Bacolod Government Center.
Romulo said that the DBP is ready to release the city’s P1.7 billion loan in accordance with the program of work so that Mayor Leonardia and his team intends to finish this project not later than 2020 so that it can serve the people of Bacolod City.
“Bacolod complied with all requirements which were approved by the DILG, the Monetary Board, and the Department of Finance,” he said.
For her part, Dr. Ma. Johanna Ann Rabago-Bayoneta, BCC administrator, said they are thankful to the city officials for the implementation of site development and facilities project for BCC.
“It’s a significant step because this is one of the biggest milestones. This project actually was one of the reasons why we are considered a Commission on Higher Education (Ched) recognized because Ched saw that we are very serious with the educational programs for the students that must meet the mandate of Ched,” she said.
She added the contractor, will first construct the administration building that will improve the student’ services, then it will be followed by the two other buildings inside the campus.
At present, BCC has a total of 3,267 students.