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Ex-mayor Rivera advises against costly city-owned college

For former General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, building and operating a city-owned college may not be practical, at least financially, for the city government.

While he shared that establishing a government-run college was one of his dreams during his administration, he has to forego the plan as it will take a toll on the city’s coffers.

“In fact, meron na akong instruction noon, kay gusto gyud nako ang eskuwelahan, mao ng mga damgo nako na magkaroon ng eskuwelahan ang siyudad,” Rivera said.

The former mayor explained that building and running a city-owned educational institution would require a lot of public funds, to include its construction, maintenance, and salaries for teachers and staffs.

Rivera said instead of building a school, the city should expand its scholarship program for its youths.

During his term in 2014, Rivera instituted the city’s Edukar GenSan Scholarship Program – one of his 10-point agenda.

Earlier this month, incumbent Mayor Lorelie Pacquiao also announced her dream to establish General Santos City College.

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