Celso unveils P5.6 million Mercedes NHS building PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 July 2012 14:15

For the nth time yesterday, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday unveiled and turned over another school building, this time at the Mercedes National High School in the east coast.

Costing P5.6 million, the 2-storey 6 classroom building is the 7th school building and education-related infrastructure turned over to public elementary and secondary schools including institutions of higher education in a period of two months.

But even as the 2-storey 6 classroom building is being turned over, another 2-storey 4 classroom building is being constructed beside and will eventually be joined and become a 2-storey 10 classroom edifice.

“Aside from that there is already in the post-qualification process, the project for the construction of a 3-storey 12 classroom building also inside the Mercedes National high School campus”, Mayor Lobregat declared eliciting loud applause from the teachers, students and parents present during the blessing and turnover ceremony which coincided with the school’s 45th foundation ceremony.

Assisting Mayor Lobregat during the turnover were Councilors Rudy Lim, Nonong Guingona, Eddie Saavedra, Mike Alavar, Lilia Nuño and Luis Biel III, City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo and City Engineer Luis Despalo.

City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad and Mercedes National High School Principal Laarmie Abad thanked Mayor Lobregat and the members of the City Council profusely for the genuine concern for the youth by prioritizing education in their agenda.

The construction of school buildings will adequately improve the classroom-student ratio and will ultimately result to quality education, according to Abad.

Mayor Lobregat said he will fast track the implementation of school building projects and other education-related programs to ensure a better future for the youth.

He stressed that barangay Mercedes is one of the barangays with the most number of projects implemented by the city government from 2007 to the present. “From 2007 to 2012, the allocation for projects in Mercedes has reached P127 million.”

The Mercedes Central Elementary School is also a recipient of various infrastructure projects from the city government, the mayor emphasized.

On the other hand, the mayor called on the constituents of Mercedes to wisely choose officials who will govern the city come 2013 elections, stressing that it is his hope and wish that the next mayor will be somebody who will continue the visions started by the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat and continued during his 3 terms in office.

The 2-storey 6 classroom building was undertaken by MELANZA construction firm.

Also present during the ceremony were Mercedes barangay officials headed by chairperson Purificacion Delgado, Aida Coyme of the Division of City Schools, Engr. Melchor Lazaderas and numerous others.

In the last few weeks, the mayor spearheaded the inauguration and turnover of 6 other projects in different schools—the P22.3 million 3-storey 27 classroom building at the Zamboanga City High School-main last July 15; the P9.3 million 17-door apartment-type dormitory at the Zamboanga School of Marine Sciences and Technology last June 27; 2 units of 2-storey 8 classroom buildings worth a total of P16.59 million at the Talon-talon National High School last June 1; the 2-storey 10 classroom building worth P10.7 million at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School inaugurated and turned over last June 4 and the 2-storey 4 classroom building worth P3.22 million at the San Jose Gusu Elementary School which was unveiled June 5. — Sheila Covarrubias