Lobregat to Ayala NHS: ‘Don’t forget your past‘ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:46

by Jubels Santos

District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat was guest of honor and speaker at the 49th Founding Anniversary of Ayala National High School held Friday at the school campus.

Lobregat took notice of the Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) prepared by the school administration tracing the school’s history, like when and how it started and who were the people involved and responsible in making the school what it is today.

Lobregat said that he is happy that the faculty members, student body and parents of pupils of Ayala National High School have not forgotten the past and the history of Ayala NHS. As he said this, Celso quoted a famous line by National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal – “ Ang taong hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan”.

The famous quote from Rizal was later translated to chabacano, visaya and tausug by students belonging to different senior grade levels in the form of a quiz conducted by Lobregat, its popular chabacano translation is – “el quien hende ta mira onde le estaba, hende ay llega donde le quierre anda”.

Lobregat was introduced by Ayala NHS Principal Anna Bella Espinosa who expressed deep gratitude to the District 1 solon for his valuable support to the institution.

In his 9 years or 3-year term as City Mayor, the City Government constructed three (3) new school buildings at the Ayala National High School that form part of some 1,000 new classrooms built in the city during his administration. These are: Two (2) 2-storey six classroom buildings and One (1) 2-storey 20 classroom building or a total of 32 new classrooms.

Today, the total number of classrooms in Ayala NHS is 85 with the total student population of 3,523. The student-classroom ratio is 41 students in one classroom, this is within the normal student-classroom ratio of 40 students per classroom. Without the additional classrooms, the student-classroom ratio would be 60 students per classroom “komo sardinas”.

Lobregat said that as then Congressman, then Mayor and now Congressman again, he prioritized education by passing laws creating new National High Schools, building additional classrooms for the city’s growing student population, instead of waiting for the Department of Education (DepEd) which is supposed to be its responsibility to build such infrastructure and even converting ZCSPC to a state college.

Also present during the affair was Dr. Rosalio Conturno who represented City Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad in administering the oath of office to the officers of the Ayala National High School Alumni Association. — Jubels Santos