P25-M city college soon to rise; P10-B hanging bridge proposed
Through the donation of Ilonggo tycoon Edgar Sia II, head of Injap Foundation Inc., the city government will realize the construction of a P25-million three-storey Iloilo City Community College at the old BFAR building site in San Pedro, Molo district in time for next year’s school opening.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said yesterday that Sia, chairman and chief executive officer of Mang Inasal Philippines, has committed to construct a 30- to 35-classroom facility equipped with a computer laboratory, cafeteria and school administration office.
The City Community College will rise in an 869-square meter lot vacated by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources which already transferred to Muelle Loney.
“Our dream of a city community college is falling into place. Hopefully, it will open in time for the next school year,” Mabilog said.
He said the city government has a P2-million budget for scholarships and the college will offer a ladderized program of courses for poor but deserving students.
“We are very thankful to Mr. Sia for his legacy to the city,” the mayor said.
P10-B Hanging Bridge
Meanwhile, Mabilog also bared his proposal for the establishment of a P10-billion hanging bridge over the Iloilo River Wharf.
The proposed project will connect Bo. Obrebo in Lapuz and Zamora-Muelle Loney Street in City Proper which are separated by the Iloilo River.
Mabilog said the hanging bridge will provide a shortcut and easy access for trucks carrying container vans coming from the Iloilo International Port and the container yard in Loboc.
Currently, the cargo trucks are traversing the long stretch of Rizal Street in Lapuz,
crossing Osmeña Bridge at the back of Provincial Capitol all the way to Muelle Loney. *