OVER 45,000 people will benefit from the new Corazon Regis Cabrera DAS Cultural and Multi-Purpose Center in Barangay Don Andres Soriano (DAS), Toledo City, which was inaugurated on July 6.
The edifice stands on a 3,336-square-meter parcel of land donated by Carmen Copper Corp. to Barangay DAS. The donated property, which has a market value of P18.6 million is a project under the company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
Carmen Copper also created the building plan and design.
During its construction period, quality inspection of structural works was also performed by company engineers.
In his inaugural message, DAS Barangay Chief Jose Jeffrey Cabrera said he was grateful to Carmen Copper for fulfilling the village’s dream.
“Daghan kaayong salamat Carmen Copper kay tungod sa mina natuman ang among damgo nga magtukod og multipurpose center para sa mga tawo (Thank you very much Carmen Copper because of you our dreams of having a multi-purpose center come true).”
Cabrera said that the Barangay Council came up with its plan of building the edifice in 2013. However, due to lack of space, the council asked the Carmen Copper management to donate to them a parcel of land beside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Construction of the building started on June 11, 2014 and was funded from the excise tax of the company.
“We are proud to be a part of the fulfilment of your dreams for the people of Barangay DAS,” said Carmen Copper President Enrico Nera. “We remain committed to supporting you in your programs, which provides better services for your constituents.”
The facility boasts a 1,300-seat basketball court with a play court capacity of 700 persons, as well as a variety of other spaces for fitness fanatics, such as a gymnasium, and the cultural hall for performing arts. It also houses business centers, canteen, four restrooms and outdoor areas for people to enjoy.
It was named after the late Corazon Regis Cabrera in honor of the first elected teniente del barrio of DAS (formerly Lutopan) from 1947 to 1955.
The facility was blessed by Fr. Domingo Tapic, parish priest of Our lady of Mount Carmel Parish and his parochial vicar Fr. Rogen Leyson.
The center was inaugurated by Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu, third district), Cabrera and members of the Barangay Council, Nera and executive vice president Tristan Ronald Choa, and members of the Toledo City Council.
The newly-refurbished barangay plaza named in honor of Don Andres Soriano, the founder of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp., was also inaugurated and opened to the public.