Celso keynotes MCLNHS 12th Commencement rites PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 April 2011 13:45

“If there is one school that is reflective of our commitment to education, it is the Maria Clara Lobregat National High School as we poured here more or less P53.7 million worth of projects,” Mayor Lobregat said as he keynoted the school’s 12th Commencement Exercises yesterday morning.

Mayor Lobregat said the city government under his administration has constructed seven classroom buildings, one of which is ongoing a three-storey nine-classroom building, that give the school a total of 54 classrooms with a total funding of P43.34 million.

In addition, the city also has constructed drainage systems, slope protection, school fence, pathway and a covered court that has transformed the once idle property in Divisoria into a thriving educational institution at present.

“Our administration will continue to complement the innovative and forward looking vision of Ma’am Caling primarily because of our solid and firm commitment to the principle of providing high quality education for every Zamboangueno,” the mayor said stressing that all the efforts at the Maria Clara Lobregat National High school and in all other public elementary and secondary schools are meant to set the stage for the young Zamboanguenos.

The mayor in his speech espoused on the need for each and every citizen to cultivate in themselves the discipline to not give up despite the many challenges thrown at them “no matter how trivial or daunting they may be”. 

He stressed that students must continue to tread on, to study and stay in school even when it becomes difficult.  “Education is your best chance at a better and brighter future and we – the city officials, your parents, your teachers – can only give you the tools, knowledge and skills that you can use to reach your dreams.  But it is ultimately your choice whether to use them or not.  Like I always say whenever I meet young students like you – if it is meant to be, it is up to me!  We will do our best to give you the best education, but whether you reach your aspirations or not, it is entirely up to you.”

He described the 440 MCLLNHS graduates of batch 2011 as “the most important force” in the city as they represent the future.  “As such, our administration will never get tired of supporting and assisting the education sector for to give you relevant guidance and to provide you the necessary facilities are monumental endeavors to attain a more progressive and developed city of Zamboanga”.
The MCLLNHS was established on August 18, 1997 through the initiative of the late mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. Dr. FElisa Munar is the school principal at present.

This year’s graduation in all public schools is themed “The Graduate: A Partner towards Tranformational Society, an Answer to Societal Change.” —Sheila Covarrubias