Leonardia wants new facility renamed ‘Bacolod City Elementary School’

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Mayor Evelio Leonardia is pushing for the renaming of a facility at the reclaimed area in Barangay 16 as “Bacolod City Elementary School.”

The Education and Training Center School (ETCS) 4, a 3-storey facility, which cost P39 million to build, is now being used by more than 1,600 pupils from ETCS 1, 2, and 3.

In September, Leonardia wrote Education Secretary Leonor Briones, requesting the Department of Education (DepEd) to name the 36-classroom facility as “Bacolod City Elementary School.”

In the same month, DepEd Bacolod schools division superintendent Cynthia Demavivas also endorsed the mayor’s letter to the DepEd secretary, supporting the politiko’s proposal.

Leonardia told Briones that now is the time that Bacolod, now celebrating its 80th anniversary, has an elementary school that proudly bears her name.

This will also give the present and future students a new sense of identity and pride as Bacolodnons, he also said.

On October 19, Education Assistant Secretary Revsee Escobedo wrote Leonardia that “a favorable recommendation from the Local School Board is required, in compliance with the Local Government Code (Republic Act No. 7160), and subsequent issuance of an ordinance by the Sangguniang Panlungsod to formalize the renaming, is needed.”

ETCS 4 was one of the priority projects of Leonardia during his fourth term as mayor from 2010 to 2013.

It was never opened until 2017 when Leonardia reassumed his post as the city’s local chief executive.