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Ilonggo business tycoon Edgar “Injap” Sia II turned over Feb. 23 the P30-M four-storey Iloilo City Community College (ICCC) to the City Government.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog received from Sia the ceremonial key in a simple rite at the newly-built educational structure at Brgy. San Pedro in Molo district.

Mabilog and Sia toured the whole building to check its preparedness and finalize all the necessary facilities.

Sia gave the gift of knowledge and learning to the Ilonggos because “we believe that education is the best way to fight poverty.”

Mabilog said the City Government is very grateful to Sia for the establishment of a legacy project that will greatly help and benefit the Ilonggos.

“Our dream of a city community college has been realized and will be utilized starting school year 2012 when classes open in June,” the mayor said.

The ICCC is set for a grand launching on June 14 to be witnessed by its pioneer students. The first day of classes is scheduled on June 13.

The green building is equipped with school administration offices, 17 classrooms, 150-seater library, audio-visual room, and 50-seater computer laboratory.

Sia also donated 50 desk chairs per room, teacher’s desk, whiteboard and four electric fans per room.

An elevator will also be installed inside the building soon.

Another private donor has pledged for the construction of a medical and dental clinic within the ICCC compound.

The ICCC will accept some 300 poor but deserving high school graduates who are bonafide city residents.

It will offer two courses including Bachelor of Science in Travel Management and Bachelor of Science in Office Administration.