Cong. Lobregat leads blessing of MCLL-HS’s 15th school building PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:00

By DEXTER YAP

Fulfilling his continued thrust on education, Congressman Celso Lobregat and Fr.Ding Vaño led the faculty and students of Maria Clara L. Lobregat National High School  (MCLL NHS) in the blessing of the P3.14 million worth Multi-Purpose Building Wednesday morning.

Lobregat was also joined by barangay officials of Divisoria and Councilors Mike Alavar and Rudy Lim and members of the school community as well.

The multi-purpose building constructed by the city government was turned over to MCLL NHS last Monday, June 13, by Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar. However, said school building was funded and construction started during the administration of then Mayor Celso L. Lobregat. This is the 15th building constructed in MCLL NHS school grounds and will be utilized for Science and Computer Laboratories.

Congressman Lobregat recalled that it was during the time of his late mother Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat when the lot was purchased by the city government to establish a secondary school in Divisoria. At that time, Ma’am Caling stated that the city government is buying the lot and asked then Congressman Lobregat to source funds from the national government to construct school buildings for the school.

From 1999 to 2004, the following buildings were constructed out of national funds through then Congressman Lobregat’s initiative: 1 storey 2 classroom building, 1 storey 4 classroom building, 1 storey 5 classroom building and a 2 storey 6 classroom building.

Congressman Lobregat also filed a house bill creating the Divisoria NHS which was passed into law on April 8, 2001.

Ma’am Caling passed away in 2004 and in the same year Celso Lobregat was elected mayor. The City Council had passed Ordinance No.267 in August 18, 2005 renaming the school to Maria Clara L. Lobregat National High School.

As Mayor, Celso Lobregat’s high priority on education and support to the now MCLL NHS was manifested in the funding and construction by the city government of two 2 storey 6 classroom buildings, four 2 storey 8 classroom buildings and two 3 storey 9 classroom buildings.

The new multi-purpose laboratory building was funded and construction during Lobregat’s term as city mayor in 2012. It was recently completed in time for the opening of classes.

At present, MCLL NHS has 3,102 students with some 126 faculty members and is offering the Senior High curriculum as mandated by the education department.

MCLL NHS school principal Mrs. Maria Theresa Borgonia said that this newly-built Laboratory Building will serve as part in building foundations of the 1st batch of senior high students enrolled in their school at present.

“We thank Congressman Celso Lobregat for his continued support to MCLL high School which is a legacy of his late mother, we are lucky to have a leader like him,” Borgonia said.

“We knew the funding limitations of DepEd that’s why when I was still the city mayor, my administration has built more than 1,000 classrooms all over the city which is record-breaking in the history of an LGU supporting education infrastructure building program,” Lobregat said.

At present, Lobregat still continues his advocacy in education and has assured that Zamboanga City gets its share of national government resources for more school buildings. For the last three years, the appropriation and construction of school buildings by the DPWH District Engineers Office/DepEd is bigger and much more than those funded and constructed by the city government.

“We must fulfill our constitutional mandate for free elementary and secondary education and I will help and continuously find ways and means to pursue better and comfortable learning environment for our children in public schools,” Lobregat said. – Dexter Yap