Celso pursues education efforts, lobbies for new Ayala ES building PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 11:29

District 1 Congressman Celso Lobregat yesterday joined Mayor Beng Climaco and other officials in turning over to the education sector a 3-storey 27-classroom building at the Ayala Elementary School.

Costing P28.7 million, the newly-inaugurated building was one of the countless initiatives of Lobregat when he was mayor and when the investment on education reached P1.3 billion.

The additional 27 classrooms bring the total of classrooms at the Ayala Central Elementary School to 97 with a ratio of 49 students per classroom. The school has a total of 4,800 students.

The city government during Lobregat’s term also constructed 2 other buildings- a two-storey 8 classroom building and a one-storey 6 classroom building.

“Can you imagine if the city government did not build this building, the ratio would have been higher,” the District I solon said.

In his valedictory address last June 2013, Lobregat said “very high premium is placed on education-related projects and programs for it is a fact that education is key to eliminating poverty – educacion es el solucion contra pobresa. We have opened 5 high schools  and from 2007-2012 investment in education reached P1.3B including the construction of 977 new classrooms and the repair of 904 classrooms”.

At that time, Lobregat said 17 schools buildings worth P198 million were ongoing among them the 3-storey 27 classroom at the Ayala Central School which was at that time 40% finished and the 2-storey 20 classroom building at the Ayala National High school was turned over two months ago.

“But our concern for Ayala is not yet finished,” Lobregat continued eliciting applause from the crowd that included officials from the Department of Education led by OIC Director Malcom Garma and OIC City Schools Supt. Pete Natividad and Ayala National High School and Central School officials, teachers and parents.

The Department of Education, he announced, has approved the construction of a 3-storey 15 classroom building for the Ayala Central School.

The confirmation was made by no less than DEPED Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro in a text message to the congressman while the blessing and inauguration ceremonies for the 3-storey 27 classroom building was ongoing.

Lobregat together with officials from the DEPED and Department of Public Works and Highways made the rounds of various schools including Ayala Central School last month for the revalidation and actual measurement of proposed school buildings for construction in District I.

Per Lobregat’s representation and intervention, various other school buildings will be constructed to include a 3-storey 15 classroom building at the Sta. Maria Central School, a 2-storey 6 classroom building at the Sinunuc Elementary School and a 2-storey 4 classroom building in Luyahan.

For the Ayala National High School, the city just recently inaugurated and turned over the 2-storey 20 classroom building which was also initiated and funded during Lobregat’s term. Two other school buildings were also constructed in the school in previous years. — Rey Carbonel