Celso graces ZCSPC’s 109th founding fete PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 July 2014 11:40

District I Representative Celso Lobregat on Saturday, July 19 keynoted the twin celebration marking the 109th founding anniversary and 13th anniversary as a state college of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC).

Known as the father of the ZCSPC, Lobregat was accorded a ceremonial parade in review prior to the start of the commemorative program at 8am. He was welcomed by College president Dr. Nora Ponce.

In his speech, the solon commended Ponce and the administration and staff of the ZCSPC for their commitment and dedication in promoting quality education all through the years.

The college, he said, has become one of the pillars of education not only in Zamboanga City but the entire region having produced a number of successful individuals who are now earnestly giving back their time, resources and efforts to the institution and the city.

On the other hand, the solon in his speech, lamented how some Zamboangueños regard the city nowadays especially after the September 2013 siege.

“Some parents are starting to send their children to school in other places like Dumaguete, Davao, Cebu or even Manila. Some local businessmen are saying, ‘Let us not invest in Zamboanga. Let us invest somewhere else’. And other people in Zamboanga are supposedly or reportedly starting to sell their properties,” said Lobregat.

He pointed out that it would be very difficult to invite tourists and investors to come to the city if Zamboangueños themselves have a shadow of doubt in the city’s development and potentials. “If we ourselves do not love Zamboanga, who else will?”

Lobregat urged Zamboangueños to have faith and hope in the city’s capabilities. He ended his message by leading the crowd in the singing of the song ‘No Te Vayas de Zamboanga’ in reference to his campaign to enjoin residents to stay put in the city despite the challenges and transgressions.

He stressed that the song ‘No Te Vayas de Zamboanga’ which appropriately means ‘Do not leave Zamboanga’ is very applicable at this time.

Also present during the twin-occasion were Prof. David T. Taleon, College Vice President, Lt. Commander Allan Sonon, Engr. Jeoffrey S. Mojana, College Dean of the Department of Maritime Education, Prof. Carlos Lolo, Clollege Dean of Teacher Education and other key officials. — Melcah Yee