Celso to ZNHS-West grads: Be part of nation building PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat Friday exhorted the 1,030 graduates of the Zamboanga National High School-West to use their gift of learning to help “to improve the quality of life of your family and consequently contribute to the efforts to make our beloved city and country progressive”.

Mayor Lobregat was the commencement speaker during ZNHS-West’s graduation ceremony Friday afternoon at the Baliwasan grandstand. In his speech, the mayor delved on the theme “Your gift of learning is our tool for nation building” as well as reported what the city has done, is doing and will do to ensure no child in the city is left uneducated.

Since the start of his administration, he said, the city government has invested over P800 million for education that included the construction/repair/improvement of school buildings and other education-related projects.

“The new schools, the school buildings, the additional teachers – all these are but tools to groom and help you become productive and responsible citizens who will soon take over the reins to our city and country. Despite the sacrifices they had to make, your parents gave you the best gift they can – your education – to open more opportunities for you to succeed”, he stressed.

He hoped that the graduates would continue to persevere in their education despite the many hardships that they will have to face. “The road ahead may be bleak but bear in mind that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Remain strong and brave!”

He emphasized: “Your parents, city and country are counting on you to use this gift of learning to improve the quality of life for your family and consequently contribute to the efforts to make our beloved city and country progressive. As the theme aptly says – your gift of learning is our tool for nation building.”

The ZNHS-West under the stewardship of Principal Henry Ongchua is one of the many beneficiaries of the city government’s massive school building program. Since the start of his administration, the school has received some  P18.773 million worth of projects which include the construction of 3-storey 15 classroom building, 3-storey 6 classroom building, construction of fence and rehabilitation and improvement of various classrooms.

On the other hand, the mayor vowed to continue with his administration’s efforts on education “so every child in the city would get the best quality of education that he/she deserves”.  “We do these and we will continue to do more to prepare you for the responsibilities that you will take on in the future.”

The ZNHS-West’s commencement exercises was also graced by representatives from the Department of Education, the parents, teachers and students. — Sheila Covarrubias