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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Groundbreaking of P25-M Community College solidifies education program for poor

PIA Press Release
2010/12/08

Groundbreaking of P25-M Community College solidifies education program for poor

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (8 December) -- A significant milestone in the field of Iloilo City's education sector has taken shape with the groundbreaking of a P25 million-worth of school building which will provide quality education to the underprivileged but deserving students.

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog cited Mr. Edgar "Injap" Sia II for his highly remarkable generosity in donating P25 Million for the Four-Storey Building which will be called as the Iloilo City Community College.

"The legacy of Injap will remain part of the fabric of Iloilo City for as long as those of us who are here, taking part in this historic moment in time, are here to tell the tale," Mayor Mabilog said as he emphasized that "Injap's legacy will linger in the minds of the Ilonggos long after we are all gone".

Mayor Mabilog said that the groundbreaking ceremony also marked the beginning of the new chapter of the stronger private and public partnership in Iloilo City.

The Mayor expects that the school will operate on June 2011 as soon as the necessary papers are accomplished by the city government.

He also said that the only way to address Iloilo City's developmental challenges is to give the people the tools to empower themselves and become agents of their own destinies.

"I promise you that poor but deserving students will indeed always come first," Mabilog said.

The occasion was graced by Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. who told the Ilonggos that with the continuing recognition of the importance of education in the development and progress of the country, "I a happy to be able to say that in our last caucus of the Senate, the Senate decided the P143 million that was removed from the MOE of the SUC will be reinstated, and we will continue to look at the budget to see where else we can find more money".

Senator Marcos said that "it is important to continue to support our teachers, professors and students where in their hands lie our future". (PIA6)

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