ZSCMST: City’s apartelle project, a labor of love PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 June 2012 13:45

The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) Wednesday afternoon laid out a grandiose ceremony to mark the inauguration of the superbly designed 17-door apartelle constructed and funded by the city government inside the school campus.

Speaking on behalf of the ZSCMST, President Milavel Nazario gratefully accepted the project from Mayor Celso Lobregat and members of the City Council saying her school is blessed to be included among the recipients of projects conceived out of the deep concern of the local government for the upgrading of quality services offered by educational institutions in the city.

“This structure is not only worthy of appreciation for the purpose it was constructed. The meticulous attention given on the design to complement the other structures in the heritage zone of the city as well as in overseeing the actual works of the construction by the city department concerned and by the mayor himself also deserves to be praised, as this has become a labor of love of sort by the city government”, Dr. Nazario said during the elaborate ceremony capped by a colorful fireworks display.

She stressed: “I cannot find enough words to articulate the joy of the ZSCMST as well as our gratitude towards the city government under the administration of Mayor Celso Lobregast for constructing and turning over this 17-door apartment-type dormitory which has brought all of us together this afternoon”.

To reciprocate the city government’s generosity, the ZSCMST will show in many other ways how it could fulfil its mandate in the areas of instruction, research and extension to better serve not only the people of Zamboanga, Western Mindanao and even beyond its primary service area, according to Dr. Nazario.

Lobregat in his message explained the provisions of the memorandum of agreement that the city government forged with the ZSCMST for the use of the apartelle, built at a cost of P9.33 million.

The project he said is reflective of the city’s thrust to improve the quality of education through the development of structures in colleges and schools. It was a result of a consultation, he said, where the college identified the need for a dormitory for its students.

The agreement states that the 17-door apartelle shall be for the exclusive use of the students who will be charged with rental fees for the maintenance and operation of the facility. The ownership of the building remains with the city government and should be used for the purpose intended.

Each of the 17 rooms in the apartelle has double deck beds good for 4 occupants, who will each has a study desk and a closet. Each room has a toilet and bathroom and has a space for laundry and washing area.

Lobregat took the opportunity to thank the ZSCMST under Dr. Nazario for the support and participation in many of the city’s programs and activities, one of which was the June 25 Arbor Day celebration, blood letting activities including participation during the city’s Pascua na Zamboanga festival.

He emphasized that the city government, through the Architectural Division under the City Engineer’s Office, painstakingly designed the building to make it in harmony with the other structures in the heritage and culture zone area that include the Fort Pilar Shrine, Plaza del Pilar and Paseo del Mar and all other buildings. “The construction of this apartelle is part of the “best” (projects) and more of the best are still to come”.

The former Fisheries School has also been very supportive to the city government in the preparation of the Sta. Cruz Island Development and Management Plan. And soon, Mayor Lobregat said, the city government will establish a Marine Park at the Paseo del Mar with the support and assistance of the ZSCMST.

“The ZSCMSt is really doing many things for the beautification and progress and prosperity of our City,” Mayor Lobregat added.

Also present during the project inauguration was House Deputy Speaker and District 1Rep. Beng Climaco, Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Percival Ramos and Rogelio Valesco Jr., 530th Air Base Wing Commander BGen. Emeraldo Magnaye, PAF, ZSCMST Board of Trustees, administration officials and staff and students, Mayor Lobregat’s younger brother Jomar, Zamcelco Board President Bong Atilano heads of public and private school principals and representatives from various sector.

The ZSCMST, it was learned has started the provision of dormitory services to students in 1985, however due to various reasons, the college today has very limited capability to provide such facilities to students who mostly come from far flung barangays and provinces. — Sheila Covarrubias