Mayor Evelio Leonardia, city and Commission on Higher Education officials will lead the inauguration and ribbon-cutting ceremonies Thursday of the new facilities of the Bacolod City College.
The BCC site development, which includes the construction of the new activity center, a 1,000-seater, fully airconditioned gym for student assemblies, meetings and conventions as well as sporting events, received a P350 million appropriations from the city government.
Joining the mayor during the ribbon-cutting rites are Bacolod’s First Lady Elsa Fuentes-Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, CHED Regional Director Raul Alvarez, Jr., College Administrator Ma. Johanna Ann Rabago-Bayoneta, as well as school and other city officials.
USO President Myla Magbanua is also set to receive the Batch 2021 Yearbook in a ceremonial turnover following the blessing of the edifices that will be officiated by Msgr. Felix Pasquin.
The new BCC facilities include the Information Systems Building, Business Education Building, Administration Building with library extension and the BCC Activity Center, Bayoneta said.
The Information Systems and Business Education Buildings have design provisions for additional two floors, Bayoneta added.
Leonardia, who established the BCC in 1997, disclosed plans that his administration is currently preparing the groundwork to elevate the BCC to a university status.
Among the requirements, the mayor continued, is for BCC to have its own Activity Center to house its various academic and non-academic programs.
“That alone costs P110 million. Modesty aside, there is no other school in Bacolod, Negros or Western Visayas received an allocation of P350 million from its local government for the massive improvement of its facilities,” Leonardia explained.
Part of the school’s area site development is the construction of road networks, drainage and area drains, sidewalks, parking spaces, covered walkways, rotundas, gardens and perimeter fences.