Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos led the groundbreaking of the Iloilo City Community College building here Wednesday.
Senator Bong-Bong Marcos lauded the strong partnership between the city government and the private sector for putting up the community college. He said this is the kind of successful partnership that must be emulated by all cities in the country.
Sen. Marcos admitted that the national government alone cannot give in to all requests for school buildings immediately considering constraints in the budget. He stressed that this is where the support of the private sector is needed since they can help improve the lifestyle of their community through social projects and donations.
Together with Senator Marcos and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog during the groundbreaking ceremony was businessman Edgar “Injap” Sia, who donated the P25-million, four-storey building.
Mayor Mabilog said that this will be Sia’s legacy to the Ilonggos and will remain in the “fabric of Iloilo City’s history.” The mayor also said that the groundbreaking is a start for more projects on education that the city government plans to pursue in the future.
The city community college building was donated through the Sia Foundation. It will have around 35 classrooms and will be opened by June next year. It is located in old BFAR building in Molo district and will offer courses on education and English, among others.
Also present during the groundbreaking were vice mayor Joe Espinosa III, and members of the city council and police, as well as representatives from the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education.