Celso, DepEd unveil P18.8M education package in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 September 2012 14:30

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Saturday turned over to the Department of Education (DEPED) through Assistant Secretary Elena Ruiz and Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera four infrastructure projects implemented by the local government in 2 schools as part of the city’s continuing assistance and support to education.

The projects were unveiled one after the other amid the unstable weather condition Saturday. Amounting to a total of P18.6 million, the projects inaugurated and turned over were the latest education-package that the Lobregat administration has appropriated and implemented for the benefit of the young generation.

The projects consisted of a library building undertaken by Mono Archaic Construction Company and worth P1.6 million and the construction of a 3-storey 12 classroom building undertaken by GHR Construction worth P13.7 million at the Talon-talon Elementary School; rehabilitation and repair of the Home Economics Building undertaken by Erico Bryan construction company worth P600,000  and the repair and rehabilitation of a 2-storey 12 classroom building undertaken by LL Construction and worth P2.9 million at the West Central School.

The new library building at the Talon-talon Elementary School replaces the old and dilapidated facility which is a recipient of books and other facilities from a US-funded institution through the efforts of Councilors Percival Ramos and Rey Candido.

The new 3-storey 12 classroom building at the Talon-talon Elementary School, meanwhile, is attached to the existing 3-storey 21 classroom building and which technically now becomes a 3-storey 33 classroom building.

Due to the bad weather condition, programs prepared in the two recipient schools were cancelled as the turnover of symbolic keys to the projects were done at the City Coliseum forming part of the Teachers’ Summit.

After the Teachers’ Summit program at the City Coliseum, Mayor Lobregat, Ruiz and Rivera together with Councilors Percival Ramos, Nonong Guingona, Myra Paz Abubakar, Eddie Saavedra, Mike Alavar and Rey Candido and Division of City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad and other Division officials proceeded to the Talon-talon Elementary School and later to the Zamboanga West Central School for the blessing and inauguration of the projects.

Mayor Lobregat said the four projects form part of the latest education-related projects that the city government is implementing with the intention of helping improve the quality of education in the city.

Also set to be inaugurated in the coming days are newly constructed schools buildings at the Don Pablo Memorial High School, San Jose Gusu Elementary School, Culianan Learning Center and Recodo National High School.

“Our assistance and support to education is unceasing and unrelenting and as I end my third term in 2013, the City Government’s investment in education and other education-related projects will be intensified and further strengthened”, the mayor declared.

Both Asec. Ruiz and Usec Rivera highly praised the city government through Mayor Lobregat for the constant and sustained investment in education saying the projects are a big help to the DEPED and to the school children in particular.

While at the Zamboanga West Central School, the group also passed by Zamboanga East Central School, to inspect a newly-constructed two-storey training center building where live-in or live-out trainings/ seminars for DepEd officials, teachers and employees in the region will be done. The training center was funded by the DepEd. — Sheila Covarrubias