DepEd dubs Celso as ‘education champion’ PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 November 2011 17:36

The Department of Education (DepEd) has cited Mayor Celso Lobregat as an “education champion” for continuously          prioritizing the education of young children in Zamboanga.

Habib Adzhar Sarahadil, DepEd-9 assistant regional director said Mayor Lobregat has the passion of a good leadership not only in Region 9 but the entire country referring to the chief executive’s enormous initiatives in supporting the DEPED.

“The support of the (Zamboanga) LGU to DepEd is matchless. We have an education champion in Region 9—our very own Mayor Celso Lobregat,” the DepEd official said during the opening program of the National Bi-Annual Planning Conference of the Philippine Association of Secondary Education Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs (PASECAC) Tuesday night at the Lantaka Hotel with the mayor as one of the guest speakers.

Sarahadil said this citing the over P700 million worth of school buildings and other education-related projects implemented by the city government under the Lobregat administration since 2007.

The DepEd official also stressed that the holding of the conference of the 38 secondary education chiefs and assistant chiefs from all over the country in Zamboanga from Nov. 22-25, indicates that  the department recognizes Zamboanga City as the undisputed capital or center of Region 9.

He hoped that the issue on the transfer of the regional center will be finally resolved by the concerned agencies and that the various agencies to include    DepEd that have moved to Pagadian City will be returned to Zamboanga City the soonest time possible.

“We always love our city,” Sarahadil said and expressed pride as a Zamboangueño after listening to the brief history and background of the city in the presentation of Mayor Lobregat during the program.

Participants to the PASECAC conference were amazed and astonished at the mayor’s presentation, which showcased Zamboanga’s rich and colourful history and culture as well as the city’s competitiveness and potentials. The same presentation also expounded on city’s programs and activities for the education sector particularly education as well as correct misperceptions about the city’s peace and order condition.

Officials present during the PASESAC opening program were Dr. Lolita Andrada, Director IV of the Bureau of Secondary Education; Dr. Maybelle Tee, Elementary Supervisor I and OIC of the City Division Office; Dr. Jaliha Sangkula, Chief, Secondary education Division Office, and many others.

Sarahadil represented Dr. Walter Albos, Deped-9 director during the program. — Sheila Covarrubias