Celso vows more aid to ZCSPC PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday vowed to continue partnership with the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC), an institution he helped transform through the passage of Republic Act 9142 that elevated the status of the former Zamboanga Polytechnic College to a State College.

The mayor reaffirmed his commitment during a 3-in-1 program celebrating Dr. Nora Ponce’s 3rd anniversary as president of the ZCSPC, year-end report and consultative assembly for the teaching staff, non-teaching staff and students at the college’s conference room Friday morning.

In an address before the ZCSPC community, headed by Dr. Ponce, the mayor recalled the numerous undertakings that the city government and the ZCSPC jointly accomplished in line with the principle of providing high quality education for young Zamboangueños.

“For so many years now, this institution and the city government have been working closely together for the sake of education,” Mayor Lobregat stressed recalling among others the time when the college approved the donation of a lot that paved the way for the construction of the Division of City Schools office in Baliwasan Chico. In exchange for this parcel of land, the city government constructed a two-storey 8 classroom building for the Polytechnic’s elementary level.

At the height of the storm surge in 2007, the shore protection facility to some of the institution’s buildings was destroyed and the city government responded by constructing a new rip rap structure.

The city government and the ZCSPC also partnered in the development of the PNP Maritime Complex inside the college’s campus. The institution approved the city’s request for the grant of a road right of way to pave the way for the construction of the Maritime facility in the Baliwasan coastal area.

Some members of the City Council, according to Mayor Lobregat are also very supportive of the cause of the ZCSPC by sourcing funds through their countryside development funds (CDF) for the purpose of developing the campus site.

At present, the city government is helping the institution in the construction of a multi-purpose building which will replace the old and dilapidated gymnasium.

“We also committed to build your garments building together with the workshop building”, the mayor said to the delight of the Dr. Ponce, the administration officials, teaching staff and students. “As long as I am mayor, I am committing that we will help you in whatever way we can.”

He hoped that the ZCSPC will likewise continue to work in harmony with the local government for the better interest of the young residents of the city.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Ponce for her contributions to the city’s efforts to uplift public education in Zamboanga”, Mayor Lobregat added.

On the other hand, the mayor said the city will seek Polytechnic’s support anew in the possibility of opening an extension of the ZCSPC in Ayala and Vitali where the city government operates vocational technical schools.

Also present during the 3-in-one ceremony Friday were Councilors Luis Biel, Lilia Nuño, Eddie Saavedra, Nonong Guingona, Jaime Cabato, other officials of the ZCSPC, Tetuan Chairman Nonong Natividad, Fr. Jude Dumcombe, representative of District I Cong. Beng Climaco-Kenneth Beldua, Department of Budget and Management Regional Director Cimeno and the mayor’s younger brother Joemar Lobregat and several others. — Sheila Covarrubias