Celso thanks Pnoy for release of funds for rehab of ZSCMST, ZCSPC PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:25

District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat has thanked President Aquino for approving the release of funds directly to various SUCs affected by calamities in 2013, including those affected by the Zamboanga siege.

Malacanang recently approved the release of funds directly to various SUCs affected by calamities in 2013, including those affected by the Zamboanga siege. This is to support the rehabilitation and recovery programs of the affected SUCs. The said approval is stated in the letter dated 19 May 2014 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. addressed to Secretary Florencio B. Abad of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Among the recipients (including the amount of fund approved) are: Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (PhP27,151,186.75) and Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (PhP9,692,010.00). The cost of infrastructure was validated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“I would like to thank President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for the approval of the release of fund to the said SUCs. Likewise, I would like to thank the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), DPWH and DBM for their proper endorsement. Moreover, approval of the said fund has been possible through the sincere efforts of Chairman Roman T. Romulo of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education in coordination with the concerned agencies for this purpose. This representation is an active member of the said Committee and one of the co-authors of the resolution urging the President to put up a special fund for the rehabilitation of various public higher education institutions affected by the calamities in 2013, including those affected by the Zamboanga siege,” said Lobregat in a statement.

He said he has already informed Dr. Milavel D. Nazario and Dr. Nora M. Ponce, presidents of Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology and Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, respectively on the matter.

“ I asked them to follow up with the DBM regarding the release of funds and asked them to implement the rehabilitation program as soon as possible,” Lobregat said..

Furthermore, the CHED clarified that there would be a second batch of SUCs to be submitted to the DPWH and the DBM, which would include Western Mindanao State University.

“It is hoped that the funds be released immediately to the concerned SUCs for their rehabilitation and recovery.

Representative,” said the District 1 Representative.