Celso hails ZCSPC on its 106th Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 July 2011 13:53

Mayor Celso Lobregat Wednesday applauded the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) for being true to its commitment in training the youth and shaping their future through education after 106 years.

“The past years have born witness to the college’s growth and transformations, triumphs and challenges”, Mayor Lobregat, who was the keynote speaker during ZCSPC’s 106th founding anniversary and 10th year as a state college July 20.  “You have been confronted with various obstacles and I am impressed with how well you were able to overcome them one by one without losing sight of the school’s academic vision.”

Like the Polytechnic College, his administration, the mayor said remains committed to the efforts to improve the quality of public education in the city even if public education is the primary responsibility of the national government through the Department of Education for elementary and secondary levels and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the tertiary level.

He said the problem on classroom and teacher shortage and even broken chairs and desks must be addressed locally “if we want our children to have a better chance at life”.

Education, he pointed out will empower people to break from the cycle of poverty and will encourage them to dream bigger dreams for themselves and their families.

Even now that he is on his second year of his third term as mayor, Lobregat said he remains concerned about the quality of education and the children’s access to it. “This is especially true in the case of the entire ZCSPC community, with whom I feel such a special kinship. Like that of a doting father, I am very protective of your well-being and proud of your every milestone.”

Mayor Lobregat is known as the father of the ZCSPC. During his first term in Congress from 1998-2001, he authored Republic Act 9142, amending RA 7474, elevating the status of the  Zamboanga Polytechnic College to a state college, now known as the ZCSPC.

Dr. Nora Ponce, ZCSPC president expressed appreciation to Mayor Lobregat for his continuous support to the institution. In place of the old and dilapidated gymnasium at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College, the mayor has committed to construct a modern multi-purpose building costing over P20 million. Several other infrastructure projects have been implemented inside the campus.

On the other hand, Mayor Lobregat challenged the ZCSPC to remain competitive by producing quality graduates equipped with skills and knowledge required of the times. He said ZCSPC must update itself with the latest trends and developments and incorporate them into the curriculum. “This is a must if you want your graduates to be attractive to future employers.”

He likewise hoped that ZCSPC under the leadership of Dr. Ponce “will continue to work with my administration in our advocacy for quality education for all Zamboangueños”.

The celebration of the institution’s 106th Foundation anniversary and 10th anniversary as a state college kicked off last Saturday night and culminated Wednesday afternoon with Mayor Lobregat as guest of honor.

Other officials present during the celebration held at the Marcian Convention Center were Councilor Jaime Cabato, CHED Regional Director Dr. Emylou Yanga, former ZCSPC president Lionell Villavieja and other college officials, retirees, awardees and teachers and staff. — Sheila Covarrubias