The new Bacolod City College facilities are in preparation for Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s administration’s plans to elevate the school to university status.
This was underscored by Leonardia as he led dignitaries at the May 5 blessing and inauguration of the 350 million BCC facilities at Barangay Taculating, Bacolod City, which included the center of activities of 2,218 fully air-conditioned seats, the information systems building and commercial education and administration. Building.
Leonardia, called the founding father of the BCC, also paid tribute to the late councilor Constancio Legaspi and councilor Renecito Novero, chairman of the SP committee on education, for their authorship of the ordinance establishing the city-funded college for children from less privileged families. so that they can complete their higher education and build their own careers.
Msgr. Felix Pasquin led the blessing rites which were also attended by First Lady Elsa Fuentes-Leonardia and councilors Renecito Novero, Archie Baribar and Israel Salanga, a BCC alumnus.
Also in attendance were college officials led by BCC President and Trustee Dr. Johanna Ann Bayoneta, College Dean Dr. Elias Alias, alumni, students and parents.
“Some people ask me why I asked for a budget of more than 3 million pesos for Bacolod City College. Think about it: we are talking about the future of these children. I believe that every penny of this P3-million that we pour into this campus is worth it,” Leonardia said.
Novero, who described the school as the “cradle of fortune for the poor and underprivileged but deserving students and youth of the city of Bacolod”, recalled that the creation of the BCC began as a dream and a vision of Leonardia. in 1997.
“We now see a grand reality of his dream. I am grateful and honored to him because he commissioned me to write the ordinance that gave birth to the creation of this institution. That vision and that dream turned into a determination that rebels against any opposition or color,” Novero said.
Bayoneta also echoed Novero’s statement in praising the impact of Leonardia’s dream of shaping BCC from a once-nomadic school with just 135 enrollments and no facilities to a future-ready school with even greater potential.
“No words can describe how grateful we are for what he selflessly did for these students and their families, our teachers and the community we serve. Training at BCC is an investment in your future. When the future is secure, there is nothing to fear, no hope is fragile,” said Bayoneta.*