Nepo to spend P1-B for city col­lege if he wins

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY – Vice Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno has vowed to spend P1 bil­lion for the City Col­lege of An­ge­les (CCA) if he wins as mayor of this highly-ur­ban­ized city.

Once elected as city mayor in the up­com­ing May 2019 lo­cal elec­tions, Ne­po­mu­ceno said he will make sure that the funds will be poured into the pub­lic ter­tiary school within the first three years of his term as lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“Part of our pri­or­ity pro­grams in the next three years is to spend at least Php1 bil­lion for ad­di­tional class­rooms, cour­ses, pro­fes­sors, fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment at the City Col­lege of An­ge­les so that more and more poor stu­dents will be given free col­lege ed­u­ca­tion,” Ne­po­mu­ceno, the of­fi­cial can­di­date for mayor of the dom­i­nant lo­cal po­lit­i­cal party Par­tido Abe Kam­pam­pan­gan, said.

The mas­sive fund­ing for the CCA, ac­cord­ing to Ne­po­mu­ceno, comes in ad­di­tion to the more than P631 mil­lion the city has spent from 2011 to 2018 for the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the pub­lic col­lege.”

“Through our sus­tained fund­ing sup­port, we are tar­get­ing to in­crease the num­ber of en­rollees at our CCA from 2,000 to 4,000 stu­dents,” Ne­po­mu­ceno said.

The CCA was con­structed in 2011 at a cost of some Php320 mil­lion. At present, col­lege cour­ses of­fered in­clude BS Tourism Man­age­ment, BS En­ter­preneur­ship, BS Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, BS Com­puter Science, BS In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems, BS Ac­count­ing Tech­nol­ogy, BS Tech­ni­cal Teach­ers Ed­u­ca­tion, As­so­ciate in Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy, BS Psy­chol­ogy, BS Ac­coun­tancy, BS Per­form­ing Arts, and BS English Lan­guage Stud­ies.

“Since it opened, 1,128 stu­dents have grad­u­ated from the CCA as of 2018. Some 70 to 90 per­cent of the stu­dents who com­pleted var­i­ous cour­ses al­ready found jobs provin that CCA stu­dents have a high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate,” Ne­po­mu­ceno dis­closed.

The CCA is one Mayor Edgardo Pam­intuan’s legacy projects that Ne­po­mu­ceno vowed to con­tinue and ex­pand with the sup­port of his run­ning­mate for vice mayor, in­cum­bent city coun­cilor Edu Pam­intuan.

Un­der their plat­form of gov­er­nance “Edukasyon na Dekali­dad, Susi sa Pan­garap ng Bagong Hen­erasyon at Ko­mu­nidad,” Ne­po­mu­ceno also made an as­sur­ance that no less than P145 mil­lion per year will be spent by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment for the im­prove­ment of ele­men­tary and sec­ondary pub­lic schools in the city.

Ne­po­mu­ceno and Pam­intuan also pledged to in­crease funds for schol­ar­ship pro­grams in the city.

“Each year, we will see a 20% in­crease in fund­ing for schol­ar­ship grants, the Stu­dent Loan Pro­gram and for our Schol­ar­ship for Work Pro­gram wherein poor stu­dents will be given sup­port for their tuition and other needs in ex­change for ap­pro­pri­ate work in the city gov­ern­ment,” Ne­po­mu­ceno said.

Dur­ing the CCA’s 7th found­ing an­niver­sary last Feb­ru­ary 26, Edu Pam­intuan as­sured An­ge­lenos that CCA stu­dents will con­tinue to ben­e­fit from the coun­try’s “Uni­ver­sal Ac­cess to Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Law.”

“We will specif­i­cally push for the needed pro­grams, fund­ing and in­ter­ven­tions to main­tain our cov­er­age un­der the said law so that CCA stu­dents will be con­sid­ered as ‘Isko­lar ng Bayan’ and get tuition fee sup­port from the na­tional gov­ern­ment,” he added.

— Con­trib­uted Photo

P1BILLION FOR CITY COL­LEGE. Vice Mayor Bryan Ne­po­mu­ceno, Coun­cilor Edu Pam­intuan, and CCA Pres­i­dent Richard Daenos award a stu­dent of the City Col­lege of An­ge­les (CCA) dur­ing the school’s 7th found­ing an­niver­sary last Feb­ru­ary 26. Dur­ing the event, Ne­po­mu­ceno said they will spend P1 bil­lion for the city’s pub­lic ter­tiary school.

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