Celso to RSHS grads: Education is your best chance at a better, brighter future PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 11:17

Mayor Celso Lobregat challenged the 55 graduates of the Regional Science High School not to give up despite the many challenges thrown at them, stressing that education is their best chance at a better and brighter future.

“Each and every citizen must 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.  Students must continue to tread on, to study and stay in school even when it becomes difficult,” Mayor Lobregat stressed in his speech at the 14th Commencement Exercises of the RSHS yesterday morning.

He said the city officials, parents and teachers can only give them (the graduates) the tools, knowledge and the skills that they can use to reach their dreams. 

“But it is ultimately your choice whether to use them or not.  Like I always say whenever I meet young students or graduates 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,” the mayor emphasized.

After this important milestone in your academic journey, he told the graduates, “You must exert greater effort to make something out of it.” He said. “You should face the future with confidence founded on the solid preparation from the Regional Science High School and dedicate yourselves to more hard work and with greater diligence and perseverance.”

According to the chief executive, the RSHS is no doubt one of the esteemed secondary schools in the city specializing in science and research. Since its inception in 1994, the school has manifested its commitment to quality education and has produced exceptional students and graduates just like this year’s batch.

He added that on a number of occasions, the RSHS has brought honor and pride to Zamboanga when its students or delegation reaped awards and citations from various competitions, locally and nationally.

To complement these efforts, the city government under Lobregat’s administration has infused local funds to help upgrade the school’s facilities in line with the city’s ever-aggressive support and assistance to the education sector.

In 2007 and 2009, the city government completed and turned over millions worth of projects that include the construction of a multi-purpose building, fence, bridge, covered court where the graduation rites were held yesterday and several others.

Education is the top priority of the city government. To better prepare the youths and students for the real world, he said the city government has been investing so much in education.

Since 2007,  the investment has surpassed the P700 million level and his is used to construct school buildings, covered sheds, comfort rooms and other infrastructure projects; hiring teachers for public elementary and secondary schools; distribution of computers and other school equipment to better the quality of education. “All these efforts are to set the stage for young Zamboangueños.” — Vic Larato/city hall PIO