MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino Morales will inaugurate 30 additional classrooms for the Mabalacat National College (MNC) to effectively serve the educational needs of students of the town.

Morales told Sun.Star Pampanga that the P20 million worth of classrooms will be inaugurated during the celebration of his 100 days in office.

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Morales said 20 of the said classrooms have already been completed while 10 remaining classrooms are still undergoing construction.

"We are focused on developing the Mabalacat College into a well-rounded educational institution with enough facilities to address the academic needs of the students," Morales said.

Morales also reported 1,700 students have been enrolled this school year, adding the college has shown a steady increase in enrollment.

Currently, the MNC is offering Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

Morales said MNC would also offer technical and vocational courses soon to serve the needs of other indigent students in the area.

The mayor said technical and vocational courses also provide easy access to jobs requiring technically-skilled graduates.

He added that with the completion of the MNC facilities, the Municipal Government can now concentrate on its long-term objective of making the town a "progressive city north of Manila."

The municipality's estimated budget for 2010 is more than P400 million.

"When we first assumed as mayor of this progressive town, our income is only P40 million. Our town, the Makati of the North, is more than qualified to become a city," said Morales.

Morales added he has already instructed his department heads to intensify clean and green campaigns and social services to the poor. (Ian Ocampo Flora)