Soon to rise! 2 more academic buildings on drawing board
by: John Hedrick Castillo

WHO SAYS THAT only Vicky Belo can do the best facelift in the country?

Think again, as this year, Batanes State College (BSC) is set to makeover the campus by erecting two more academic buildings aside from the on-going three-storey library cum hostel.

In response to the clamor of students paying exorbitant house rentals, a three-storey student dormitory is set to be erected this month. Later this year, an amphitheater will be put up.

The recent bidding for the PhP 11M worth dormitory has been awarded to the MOJR Construction Company which will be started within this month.

It is expected to be completed 310 days after its notice to proceed. According to Arch. Delma Abad of the BSC, the dormitory will prioritize the housing of students coming from the island municipalities of Sabtang and Itbayat.

“Students coming from the southern municipalities of Mahatao, Ivana and Uyugan who are also traveling every day to and from the school will also be accommodated to lessen their daily schooling expenditures,” Abad added.

Meanwhile the Planning Officer, Prof. Ferdinand Bulusan, said that the dorm will be of help to the students to cope with their studies, especially those who have financial incapability.

Sourced from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) fund this year, the three-story building is divided into three function rooms. The ground floor serves as the common area for both sexes to do cooking, laundry and other daily living activities.

The second floor is composed of four rooms for men while the third floor is of another four rooms for women. Study rooms are present in the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Amphitheater cum gymnasium

Following the consecutive construction of the dormitory and the library cum hostel project is the 546 m2 amphitheater cum gymnasium with about Php 25M budget. The project is still on its planning stage, but it is projected to be the highest building in the province of Batanes. The cinematic type design of the amphitheater is the key factor in the projection.

A two-storey edifice, the amphitheater will house various programs, seminars, conventions and the like while the gymnasium is for sports and recreational activities. Both are open for the community to be used on a rental basis. “Pwede rin kasi tong pagkakitaan ng school mamaya na parang IGP na rin,” Architect Malupa said. Fully air-conditioned, the amphitheater is expected to accommodate a maximum of 500 persons.

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