(JOINS BRIGADA ESKWELA) Lobregat vows repair of siege-damaged school PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 13:46

By DEXTER YAP

District 1 re-elected Congressman Celso Lobregat on Monday joined the city public schools in the observance and launching of the nationwide Brigada Eskwela.

Lobregat has chosen Sta. Barbara Central School as one of his priority schools under his district considering that after more than two years and eight months, the said public elementary school has not yet been fully rehabilitated from extensive damages it suffered from the 2013 siege.

This time, a high turnout of up to 80% in terms of student population was expected by the faculty of the school, considering that most of the families and students who were victims of the siege has roughly recovered from the disaster.

In his message, Lobregat recalled the agony and deep despair of the teachers and other people like, seeing the devastation of once a noted learning institution within the city proper whose reflections of the incident in the past still have scars of series of fierce gunbattles in the area.

“It’s so hurting, to see in front of us until now the scars and marks of the siege in the city, as much as we could we try to heal the wounds and move on together,” Lobregat remarked.

After learning from school officials about the status of the distressed covered court and stage which is to be used by the school for activities and programs, Lobregat didn’t thought twice in giving a nod in fasttracking its repair.

Lobregat said that upon the assumption of office on June 30, he will make the necessary representation in Congress to make the school one of his first priorities for the 2017 budget.

The rehabilitation of the bullet riddled elevated stage next to the covered court is not included in the program of work of the National Housing Authority who oversees the Z3R projects in the identified conflict areas together with the DPWH.

The constructed covered court in the same school was completed under Lobregat’s administration when he was still the city mayor, but was left as a least priority in the present rehab efforts of the city government, which prompted the solon to act on an immediate effort to rebuild the vital school structure.

“I am delighted and very overwhelmed seeing the teachers, parents and most especially the students getting back to this school and will all together resume classes this time,” Lobregat said. – Dexter Yap