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02/28/1999 - (P41.5M University Fire) Master plan of new UB building looms

      A master plan for the construction of new buildings of the Unviversity of Bohol (UB) is now in the drafting tables following the P41 million  fire  which gutted half of the university campus last Tuesday dawn.
      Former Gov. David B. Tirol, who is the university president, is personally steering the initial works which will pave the way for the "rebuilding project".
      Backing up the work dubbed as "New UB Project" is a worldwide fund raising activity which will appeal for fund assistance from and among alumni of the university.
      UB (formerly Rafael Palma College) registers more than 50,000 graduates after 53 years of existence as an established learning institution here. RPC opened in June, 1946.
      Dr. Felix A. Lao, secretary of the UB board of trustees, was designated to head the committee which will soon come up with the international listing of graduates and former faculty members.
      Lao, who is also one of the biggest stock holders of the university, is expected to effectively lead the fund raising project. The committee will reach out to Ubians in all parts of the world, particularly in the United States and Europe. The activity will be the biggest fund raising project of the university, since its birth in 1946. The funds to be raised will help "rebuild" the buildings which were gobbled up by the fire.
      The emergency conference convened by Tirol generated full support to come up with a program which will enable the university to welcome back its 8,000 students in new buildings during the opening of classes in June this year.
      It was learned that the Liberal Arts building itself, which was one of the seven adjoining buildings destroyed, was constructed way back in 1948.
      The university fire last Tuesday destroyed 62 classrooms which included classrooms occupied by high school (day and night sessions), the colleges of eduction, architecture, and fine arts, technology, criminology, law liberal arts, graduate school, and the Victoriano Tirol Advance Learning Center for graders.
      Several offices, including laboratories, a huge stand-by generator, and three vehicles were also destroyed by the fire which started at 3 o'clock dawn last Tuesday. The fire was controlled three hours later.
      Arson probers placed the damaged at P41.5 million.
      Unconfirmed reports said that the insurance coverage was only good for P4.5 million as the affected buildings were all made of light wooden materials. In fact, some sources said that the UB administration was already scheduled to construct new building starting next school year.

- The Bohol Chronicle -
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