Celso hails ZCSPC on 111th founding anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 July 2016 13:33

“What a journey it has been and the end is now in sight” is the main thought of the message of Congressman Celso Lobregat conveyed to the administration, management, faculty and students of Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) on the celebration of its 111th Founding Anniversary and the 15th Anniversary as State College.

In the culminating program of the event, Congressman Lobregat thanked Dr. Nora M. Ponce, and the administration for once again inviting him to be part of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.

Lobregat said he has mixed feelings in delivering his message in yesterday’s closing program, for he knows that in the next founding anniversary, Dr. Nora Marcos Ponce will no longer be the president of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.

Lobregat is the author of House Bill that became Republic Act No. 9142 entitled: AN ACT CONVERTING THE ZAMBOANGA CITY POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE INTO A STATE COLLEGE TO BE KNOWN AS THE ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES that was signed into law in July 20, 2001. It was a banner year for Zamboanga City’s Education because aside from RA 9142, seven other bills were passed into law legislating the following National High Schools:

On April 8, 2001: RA No. 9077-Tictapul National High School, RA No. 9078-Sibulao National High School,  RA No. 9079-Divisoria National High School, RA No. 9080-Tolosa National High School and RA No. 9081-Limaong National High School. On April 14, 2001: RA No. 9108-Southcom National High School and RA No. 9110-Baluno National High School.

“What a way to end a first term of the neophyte congressman representing the lone district of Zamboanga. But the crowning jewel was the passage of the law converting the Zamboanga City Polytechnic College into Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College. Such a law was passed considering there was a move to integrate all tertiary-level schools to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and there was a moratorium on the creation of State Colleges and Universities.” Lobregat said.

Mr. Lionel R. Villavieja, the former Superintendent, became the first appointed President of the ZAMBOANGA CITY STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE. After the retirement of Mr. Lionel Villavieja as first College President, CHED Region IX Director, Dr. Emmylou B. Yanga was designated Officer-in-Charge of the College by the Board of Trustees on January 3, 2009. On January 13, 2009, a new era for ZCSPC had begun with the election and installation of Dr. Nora M. Ponce as the second President of the College.

“As I look back to January 2009 and look to the present, I can say that the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College has metamorphosed, has blossomed and has bloomed into what it is today under the presidency and leadership of Dr. Nora Marcos Ponce.” Lobregat said.

The Center for Faculty Development in 2009 was Cycle 2 and now it was Cycle 7. In 2009, the school had 13 programs and now the school has 25 programs. The Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College is now a Center for Development on Teacher Program and all other programs are Level 4 accredited. In terms of enrollment, the student population increased from more than 2,000 students in 2009 to more than 7,000 students in 2016. With encouragement and agreement of the city government under Lobregat’s watch as city mayor, the ZCSPC established extension campuses in Ayala Voc-tech. and Vitali Voc-tech. offering the course Bachelor of Teacher Technical Education.

And in terms of support from City Government of Zamboanga during Lobregat’s administration as City Mayor, the following infrastructures and school buildings were built for and/or turned over to the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College during the presidency of Dr. Nora M. Ponce:

The (2) storey (8) Classroom Elementary building, Multi-storey ZCSPC Training Center, Food Services Management Building, Technology and Engineering Building, ZCSPC Sea Wall, Rehabilitation of ZCSPC Oval, Comfort Room, Drainage System, Arm Chair Project and lastly and lately, there was finally the completion and turnover of this beautiful and uniquely designed Multi-Purpose Gymnasium that was conceived, funded and construction started in Lobregat’s third term as city mayor.

“Yes, what a journey it has been and unfortunately the end of the term of Dr. Nora M. Ponce as president of the ZCSPC is now in sight. Many people say “walang forever”. But for me and the administration, management, faculty of ZCSPC and the students and their parents what you have done and what the ZCSPC has achieved and what the ZCSPC has become during your term as president will forever remain in the heart and history of this prestigious educational institution. The old Trade School and now the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.” Lobregat said.

In ending his message, Congressman invited everyone present during the said occasion to rise and say thank you to Dr. Nora Ponce for her dedication and sound leadership in Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College. – Dexter Yap