REFERENCE: Public Information Office
DATE: November 06, 2017

Thousands of San Joseños witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of the City College of San Jose del Monte at Barangay Minuyan Proper, Sports Complex, City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, November 6, 2017.

The event was highlighted with the Blessing of the City College Site followed by the lowering of the Time Capsule that contains the profile and blueprint of the City College. The city officials and guests also conducted the ceremonial spreading and the planting of the centennial tree.

The celebration continues as Mayor Arthur B. Robes unveils the City College of San Jose del Monte and proceed to the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing with Mr. Marcelino P. Escalada, General Manager of National Housing Authority.

“Education is one thing we can leave behind to the future generation. We do not just stop as a college, we pursue for a university,” Escalada stressed.

Escalada assures to the San Joseños that the national government is willing to provide assistance for the development of the people of San Jose del Monte.

After the MOA Signing, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William I. Ramirez also turned over the Sports Complex to the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

In his speech, Chairman Ramirez also emphasized the importance of education.

“According to UNESCO, if you allow the children to go to school, it will equalize us, the rich and the poor, the collars, the identity, it is education that makes us equal, and education can even break the cycle of poverty,” said Ramirez. Also present in the ceremony are Keynote Speaker Senator Cynthia Villar and Dr. Carmelita Sotto, President of the Association of the Local Colleges and Universities of the Philippines.

Villar congratulates Mayor Arthur B. Robes for establishing a local college and the triumph of the City of San Jose del Monte as the Record Holder of Guinness World Records’ Largest Lantern Parade.

On the other hand, Sotto praised the proposed plan of the City College to immediately offer six courses matched to the demand of the local industry in San Jose del Monte.

The City College will directly benefit the 9,853 current enrollees under the K-to-12 Program and the estimated 11,077 out-of-school youth aged 15-24 in the city.

The establishment of the City College of San Jose del Monte is a legacy of the Robes Administration and this year’s birthday gift of Mayor Robes to the San Joseño youth. It is part of the commitment of the Mayor Arthur B. Robes, Vice Mayor Efren C. Bartolome Jr., City Council, and Congresswoman Florida P. Robes to provide affordable but quality tertiary education to San Joseños.

“Ang Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte, ito ang magbibigay ng bagong hagdanan, bagong pagasa sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan para unti-unti nating maiparamdam at maipakita ang totoong diwa ng The Rising City ang Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte,” Mayor Robes concluded.

Meanwhile, also part of the program is the blessing of the nine new service vehicles of the local government, and the Gawad Tanglaw that gives recognition to people and organizations that wholeheartedly participated on the Tanglawan Festival and became part of the success of the Guinness World Records’ Largest Lantern Parade.

The event concluded with the birthday celebration of Mayor Arthur B. Robes.