Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran led the ribbon-cutting and turnover ceremonies for the P5-million covered court to the Vista Alegre–Granada Relocation Elementary School (VAGRES) in Progreso Village today [Jan. 21].
Joining them were Councilors Israel Salanga, Bartolome Orola, and Ana Marie Palermo; Barangay Vista Alegre Captain Jose Maria Leandro Norberto de Leon, Executive Assistant Moises De la Cruz, DepEd officials led by regional director Ma. Gemma Ledesma and OIC- Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent Gladys Amylaine Sales, school principal Riggi Lachica, and contractor Roberto Alejandro Rivero.
The 813-square meter structure is considered one of the biggest among elementary schools in Bacolod.
Lachica thanked Leonardia and the rest of city officials for making their dream of having a big covered court a reality.
Leonardia urged the teachers and the pupils to take good care of the structure so the future generation can still use it.
Familiaran, for his part, said the 88-hectare Progreso Village is one of the biggest relocation sites in the country.
It was established by the Leonardia administration to give informal settlers a home to call their own and give them a sense of dignity.
It is designed for about 8,000 households, with basic facilities that include primary and secondary schools. Last year, Leonardia led the ground-breaking ceremony for a three-storey classroom building for the Progreso Village National High School, which stands on a lot next to VAGRES.
Leonardia said that as a major step to further develop the Progreso Village starting last year, the city has allocated P350 million for its roads, bridges, streetlights, drainage system, and other facilities.*/CITY PIO