By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief
and Sita Asquia
Iligan City — The “Colegio de Iligan” finally opened on Tuesday. This, after several postponements.
It was first scheduled to open on Aug. 1, then moved to the 12th and since that day was a holiday, it was then moved to the 13th. The opening was marked with fanfare as a band played at the National Steel Area complex at Suarez, this city.
City councilor Petronilo Pardillo, proponent of the project who was among the city officials who graced the opening, said classes at the city college were initially slated to be held at the Iligan City National High School, but officials there did not give their permission, hence the decision to have it at the closed NSC complex.
Before the opening, Pardillo said preparation for the location was done round the clock to meet the target deadling. Three hundred twenty students, dressed in white t-shirts and black pants, attended the opening ready for their classes on the second-floor administration building of NSC. It was learned that classes will only be during the day.
Pardillo said there are initially four courses to be offered at the ‘colegio’ these are: Bachelors of Science in Agriculture, Criminology, Midwifery, and Social Sciences.
City Mayor Celso Regencia, Vice Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz gave their respective speeches, hailing its “goodness” to the people of the city, especially to the poor ones as “tuition is free.”
In his speech, Regencia said parents still have to shoulder other expenses like transportation and school supplies. He said there are professors who have doctorate degrees even as he added that in the meantime he will serve as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the city college.