Celso unveils third Recodo NHS building PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 March 2012 14:30

In line with his administration’s thrust to provide accessibility and quality education to the young generation, Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde and other city officials yesterday unveiled a 2-storey 8 classroom building at the Recodo National High School and committed to implement more infrastructures not only in the area but in other barangays as well.

Costing P7.5 million, the newly-constructed building is the third facility to be constructed by the Lobregat administration and turned over to the said school since its creation in 2009. A fourth infrastructure —also a 2-storey 8 classroom building is under construction in the 1- hectare Recodo National High School campus.

In his message during the turn over rites, that coincided with the school’s thanksgiving day, Mayor Lobregat announced that a fifth building will also rise in the campus this year, as funding for the purpose is already included in the 2012 budget.

He said the construction of new school buildings is in anticipation of the rising student population, as the neighboring public high schools are already congested. The school opens its doors to fourth year students this coming school year.

The idea of establishing the Recodo National High School first cropped in the 1980’s through a Council resolution but the measure did not move forward until 2004 during the time of Mayor Celso Lobregat who pursued negotiations with the Consunji family, owner of the Dacon family, for the donation of the property where the school is presently located.

“It was during our administration that we started working seriously for the establishment of the school when we asked the Consunji family to donate this 1 hectare property for the establishment of the REcodo National High School”, the mayor said. In 2009, the agreement for the donation of the property was finalized and signed paving the way for the enrollment of first year students, who initially occupied a city government-donated school building at the REcodo Elementary School.

Together with the 1 hectare property donated for the establishment of the school, the Consunji family also allocated another 2,000 square meters for a barangay complex where the city also constructed the barangay hall, fire station and police action center. A covered covered is also under construction in the said area.

Aside from signing the agreement with the Consunji family, the city government, through Mayor Lobregat also entered into an agreement with the Department of Education stipulating among others the commitment of the Lobregat administration to fund the construction of the school buildings and the provision of the teachers until the said school is legislated as a national secondary institution.

District I Cong. Beng Climaco, in her first term, sponsored a bill in Congress legislating the creation of the Recodo National High School.

The students and teachers formally transferred to the RNHS campus on March 25, 2010.

Mayor Lobregat expressed pride that the Recodo National High School is one of the models of his administration’s firm commitment to quality education with the ultimate goal of providing the youth a better future.

As this developed, OIC City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad expressed gratitude to Mayor Lobregat and the city government for the never-ending assistance and support to education, as he promised to reciprocate the city’s generosity by ensuring an improved students’ and teachers’ performance.

For his part, Recodo National High School Principal Dominic Bais acknowledged Mayor Lobregat as the father of the RNHS and thanked the latter for going an extra mile to ensure the realization of the said school.

Also present during the inauguration and turn over rite yesterday, a Sunday, were Vice Mayor Iturralde, Councilors Rudy Lim and Nonong Guingona, Barangay officials, RNHS community, the mayor’s brother Joemar, City Engineer Luis Despalo, representatives from the Benram Construction and many others. — Sheila Covarrubias