Coun. Bonifacio grateful for Chevalier’s new lease on life

ANGELES CITY – Councilor Joseph Alfie Bonifacio said he is
grateful for the new lease on life given to his alma mater —
Chevalier School.

As the chairman of the Committee of Education of the City Council,
Bonifacio made sure Chevalier will not close down. It was supposed to
stop operations in 2021 as the Archdiocese of San Fernando wanted to
retrieve their land where Chevalier is located in Barangay Sto.
Domingo.

“Parents of students were losing hope. Employees, students and
teachers taught it was all over,” said Bonifacio, a dentist who is
better known as “Doc Alfie.” He disclosed that at least 1,300 students
and more than 100 workers will be affected had Chevalier closed down.

“I was taught in Chevalier to be passionate in everything I do. I
won’t be here right now without my school. I owe it to Chevalier,”
said Bonifacio who finished High School in Chevalier in 1990.

He said the case of Chevalier was referred to his committee when
“everyone was losing hope,” including Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting
whose children were studying in the school.

Bonifacio said they had 15 committee hearings. He said the decision of Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch58 to extend the operations of Chevalier until 2033 should be followed
and respected.

“Lo and behold, our hard work paid off. The Archdiocese seemed to
accept the decision of the court,” said Bonifacio, who have been
giving free dental health services not to just to residents of the
city but in other areas.

Bonifacio filed four resolutions related to the case which were
unanimously approved by the members of the council.

At least for now they can all prepare if it will seized operations
after 10 years, said Bonifacio.

“But I hope I will still be a city councilor or vice mayor when 2033
comes so that I can defend my alma mater again,” Bonifacio said in a
jest.

He added that Chevalier could be relocated in other areas or may
remain in its present location.

Bonifacio thanked the alumni and others who helped them score a
“victory” in the battle to retain or close Chavalier.

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