DepEd-LGU partnership during Celso’s term: ‘I was so proud to be a Zamboangueño’ — DepEd exec PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 January 2016 13:14

Sarah Handang,  a Senior Education Program Specialist for External Linkages of the Division of City Schools, said: “I was so proud to be a Zamboangueño” when DepEd cited the Administration of then Mayor Celso L. Lobregat as a model or an example of the DepEd-LGU partnership.

Ms. Handang was one of top education officials representing Zamboanga City who attended a Partnership Coordinators training for the Senior High School Program at the UP Los Baños last November 2015.

Handang said it was in that forum attended by DepEd partnership coordinators from all over the country that Education Undersecretary Mario Derequito made special mention of Congressman Celso Lobregat under whose administration as City Mayor, Zamboanga City was cited as the country’s No. 1-LGU supporter of the DepEd Infrastructure Program.

Handang said the participants were amazed upon watching a video presentation presented by DepEd showing the many school buildings including the 3-storey school buildings constructed by the city government.  In fact, Handang told Lobregat that the giant 3-storey, 27 classroom building at Ayala Central School with its beautiful architectural and distinct heritage design was used as an example for other LGUs to consider.

Handang made this disclosure on Wednesday morning while having snacks with Congressman Lobregat and Supt. Natividad and other city officials after the blessing and turn-over ceremony of the new DepED building which formed part of Lobregat’s thrust in education.

Handang said Zamboanga City was cited by USEC Derequito as a model or an example of the DepEd-LGU partnership which made her so proud. Handang recalled how she felt after watching the video presentation and the special recognition given to Zamboanga City. She said: “I was so proud to be a Zamboangueño”.

It is to be recalled that no less than DepEd Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro upon comparing the City’s constructed school buildings with heritage designs to a newly-constructed DepEd building, instructed Schools Division OIC-City School Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad to adapt the City Government’s heritage design.

The City Government under then Mayor Celso Lobregat’s administration had embarked on massive construction of school buildings to address the classroom shortage problem and to cope with the growing student population in both public elementary and high schools. From 2007 to June 30, 2013, the city government had completed and on-going 140 school building construction projects with 1,016 classrooms with an appropriation of Php 911.7-million. Also, for the same period the city government had completed and/or on-going 207 projects for rehabilitation and improvement of with 954 classrooms with an appropriation of Php 176.1-million.

The completed and on-going construction and rehabilitation of school building projects from 2007 to 2013 amounted to a record-breaking amount of Php 1.06-billion with a total number of 1,886 classroom constructed and/or repaired. (Lea LM)