Zambo’s investment in education biggest in Philippines — Luistro PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012 14:58

Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro over the weekend proclaimed that the city’s Adelante Zamboanga vision will be made real because of its investment in education, which, he stressed is an “investment into the future”.

Luistro emphasized that Zamboanga’s over a billion peso appropriation for school buildings and other education-related programs since 2007 is so far the biggest in the entire country.

“The support of Zamboanga to basic education in particular has exceeded the P1 billion mark. I do not know if there is any other city that has put so much into education compared with what the Zamboanga education sector is receiving from the local government unit”, the DepEd secretary declared as he personally accepted 4 newly-constructed school buildings composed of 48 classrooms during a series of turnover ceremonies Saturday morning.

With the premium put into education, Luistor guaranteed that the city’s vision to move further forward will be realized and achieved.

“Our guarantee Mayor Celso and City Council is that, Adelante Zamboanga will be made real because of your investment in education. You can be sure that what your mother has started, what you have continued and what we hope other Local Government units and leaders will continue, will always be an investment into the future and will not be lost on the citizens of Zamboanga”, the grateful secretary continued.

He stressed he likes coming to Zamboanga City to accept education-related projects from the city government but stressed that his problem is that the DepEd cannot catch up with the school buildings and classrooms that the city was able to build the last two and a half years.

“But it is not about the money and not about the classrooms, if you notice in Zamboanga City there is a lot of planning and there is a lot of design that is put into the classrooms and the school buildings,” he said.

It could have been easier for a politician to come up with buildings using a new design and a new color scheme that will be different from all other buildings inside a particular school campus just to emphasize that he or she built his or her own school building and that is different from all the rest in the past.

He stressed that it is only in Zamboanga City where he has seen for himself that “there is thought, there is planning so that we are able to look at the master plan of the campuses”.

Luistro said prior to the present administration of President Aquino, public schools were built by donors, parent-teacher associations, politicians and the DEPED depending on who is the leader at the time. “We choose the color, we choose the design and scramble for space and we do not care how the whole campus looks like at the end of the day.”

He expressed hope that the very well developed school campuses in the city such as the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, will be sustained and upheld. “It is my wish that the educational leaders and the local government officials will continue to uphold the school environment that is well planned and will not succumb to the will of the donors to build the designs that they want and to build to perpetuate themselves”.

On the other hand, he said with the enormous school buildings and classrooms that the City Government has constructed for public schools in Zamboanga, there is no reason for schools to fall below the average in the national achievement test.

He said: “It is my wish that our beloved teachers will prove that this infrastructures will not be wasted, there is no excuse for any school in Zamboanga to fall below the average on the NAT”.

Luistro said Mayor Lobregat and the City Council can be task masters to DepEd teachers to ensure that they do their job, concentrate on the teaching process and accompanying the students with all the support from the city government.

The DepEd Secretary enplaned to Zamboanga early morning Saturday to join Mayor Lobregat and other city and education officials in inaugurating and turning over 4 city funded school buildings at the Mampang Elementary School, San Jose Gusu Elementary School, REcodo National High School and Don Pablo Memorial High School amounting to over P51 million. — Sheila Covarrubias