P22.4 million Science Park to rise at Jardin PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2012 14:27

Through the initiative of Mayor Celso Lobregat, the city government will embark in the construction of a Science Park as part of the ever-aggressive support and assistance to education for the benefit of the young.

The proposed science park, costing P22.44 million will be constructed inside the Jardin Maria Clara Complex in Pasonanca Park where the city museum and the butterfly garden are also situated.

Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology Executive Director May Pagsinohin said Mayor Lobregat is the third local government chief executive to have initiated such a project in the entire country. The first was the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo who constructed a science park in Naga City and the second was the former La Union Mayor Mary Jane Ortega.

Pagsinohin hailed Lobregat and the city government for the remarkable initiative of setting up a permanent science centrum in Zamboanga and for ensuring a better future for the young including the old populace.

Lobregat together with Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Rudy Lim, VP Elago, Percival Ramos, Myra Paz Abubakar, Nonong Guingona and Luis Biel III, Pagsinohin, Division of City Schools Superintendent Pedro Natividad, school principals and science teachers and other city officials spearheaded the groundbreaking rites for the project at the Jardin Maria Clara yesterday morning.

The proposed park will be constructed in the 1,828 square-meter area adjacent to the City Museum and right behind the laminar jets fountain where the statue of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat is located. The Everlast Construction will undertake the project which is expected to complete within the next 7 months.
The park will house 56 exhibits such as the Pipes of Pan, Van de Graff generator, Pedal generator, Bernoulli Blower, Laser Harp, Musical Tunnel, Wonder House and many more.

Mayor Lobregat said the proposed science park forms part of the city’s ever-aggressive support and assistance to education for the benefit of the young generation.
The city’s investment in education from 2007 to June this year has reached over a billion pesos.

In the days to come, Lobregat and DEPED officials will have a series of inauguration of school buildings and other education-related projects in different elementary and secondary schools.

Lobregat added that the proposed science park project came about after the Science Centrum exhibits of the Science-Fun Caravan Travelling Exhibition at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School gymnasium sometime last January.

“The exhibits captured my interest and attention and so I thought of coming up with a facility in the city for the conduct of such exhibits where students can learn about science”, he said.

Also present during the groundbreaking rites yesterday were Violeta Alejandro representing the Urban Poor Homeowners’ association, Zone III Chairman Tito Espiritusanto and BG Guingona and numerous others. — Sheila Covarrubias