City unveils Division Office,CHED projects worth P2.8 million PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat turned over yesterday morning the city government’s projects amounting to P2.8 million to the Zamboanga City Division Office and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)            regional office, both in Barangay Baliwasan.

Lobregat together with some city councilors first unveiled the two projects at the Division Office—the site development and fence costing P1,752,114.98 with a guardhouse amounting to P56,015.98 for a total of P1,808,130.96.

Accepting the projects for and in behalf of the Division Office was Dr. Maybelle Tee in the absence of the officer-in-charge, Pedro Melchor Natividad. Also present during the occasion were district supervisors and some school principals.

In his message, Lobregat challenged the Division officials, supervisors, principals and teachers to come up with more educated students, especially high passing rates in the National Achievement Test (NAT).

“Hopefully, this challenge will be met,” he said with high expectation, considering that the city government under his administration had implemented over P700 million worth of various projects in all public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

From the Division Office, the chief executive and some city councilors walked their way to the nearby CHED Regional Office building where they turned over two projects—site development amounting to P769,130.45 and construction of parking shed worth P226,325.68 for a total of P995,456.13.

CHED Regional Director Dr.    Emmylou Yanga accepted the projects in the presence of former CHED commissioner now president of the Western Mindanao State University Dr. Luningning Umar, the president of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) Dr. Nora Ponce, the president of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) Dr. Milavel Nazario and other guests.

Both the Division Office and the CHED are occupying parcels of lot belonging to the ZCSPC. In the case of the Division Office, the building was funded through the initiative of Deputy House Speaker Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar of District 1, while CHED’s building was funded in part by Lobregat when he was still a congressman.

Lobregat emphasized that in exchange for the lot occupied by the Division Office the city government had constructed a two-storey building with eight classrooms amounting to more than P7 million at the ZCSPC for its High School Department.

Among the councilors present were Rudy Lim, Myra Paz Valderrosa Abubakar, Jaime Cabato, Gerky Valesco, Eddie Saavedra, VP Elago and Luis Biel together with City Engineer Luis Despalo. — Vic Larato