BALON DAGUPAN NEWS
THREE more infrastructure projects under the program “Pagbabago Unliserbisyo Tungo sa Asenso” of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez will soon rise following simultaneous groundbreaking ceremonies on December 13 in three separate places in Dagupan.
First is a two-storey Special Education (SPED) building at the West Central Elementary School 1 (WCES1) to serve as the school for learners with special needs.
Fernandez said while in her third year as city mayor, she decided to allocate funds for the construction of a school for learners with special needs after she saw the pitiful condition of the pupils inside dilapidated and flood-prone classrooms at the West Central School 1.
The mayor narrated how she was inspired during her recent visit to Milpitas City in California, by the story of a blind woman at Milpitas City who was able to finish college and has since been teaching other blind children in the same school. At the same time, she saw how a blind student was preparing her presentation for class discussions.
“Even learners with special needs have the right to live normally. We only need to provide them with skills and everything they need in school,” said Fernandez.
The mayor allocated P3,379,139 for the Phase 1 of the SPED building, and she promised to allocate another fund for the purchase of the needed special school materials and equipment for the blind and the deaf.
Fernandez also assured the WCES1 school officials that an open gym will be constructed and its old school gym will the elevated.
“We will not stop helping education. We need to make our schools comfortable and conducive for our children so that they will be more inspired in coming to school and convince other children to go to school,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez also led the groundbreaking of the two units of Bath and Comfort Rooms at the Bonuan Blue Beach to be constructed at a cost of P6,026,987.75.
“It’s about time that we change our rest rooms here for the comfort of our visitors,” said Fernandez.
The two units will have 22 rooms for shower and wash rooms with separate rooms for male and female.
Fernandez will soon introduce water sports in the area with the purchase of jet skis to make Bonuan Blue Beach a family-oriented beach, in addition to the boardwalk which will soon rise in the beach. Fernandez said she also intends to build open sheds to be managed by the city but will be operated by the 78 existing open shed owners in the beach.
The last infrastructure project that broke ground was the covered garage for rescue vehicles at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) at Poblacion Oeste. The total cost of the project is P6,026,987.75.
The area will also serve as the emergency operations center of BELEN 911 that operates 24/7, according to Ronald De Guzman, CDRRMO chief. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)
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