Celso sets more education projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:07

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Saturday announced the implementation of more education-related projects in the coming months in line with the city’s thrust to provide a better future for young Zamboangueños.

The mayor made the announcement as he turned over to Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro a total of 48 classrooms worth over P51 million and constructed in four schools—the Mampang Elementary School, San Jose Gusu Elementary School, Recodo National High School and Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School.

In San Jose Gusu where a 2-storey 12 classroom building was inaugurated and turned over, Lobregat revealed that a 2-storey 4 classroom building and a multi-purpose covered court will also rise inside the elementary school campus soon.

“This is to provide the students a conducive learning environment”, Lobregat said saying that end-all objective of the city’s education efforts is to improve the performance of students and teachers and ultimately to move the city further forward.

The grateful Sec. Luistro commended the City Government for having foresight in constructing the 2-storey 12 classroom for the San Jose Gusu elementary school which is a flood-prone area. The new building is elevated and would not be affected by flood waters in cases of heavy downpour.

At the Recodo National High School where he turned over the fourth 2-storey 8 classroom building, Lobregat said a fifth building will be constructed inside the campus in anticipation of the increasing number of students.

As of June 2012, Recodo NHS has a population of 887 students with 24 teachers—8 of whom are employed through the Local School Board (LSB).

“With the fourth building [funded and constructed by the City Government] and the DEPED-constructed building, you already have more than enough but we will continue with our commitment to construct another 2-storey 8 classroom building”, Lobregat told the Recodo NHS community headed by principal Dominic Bais.

But while school facilities are sufficient, the number of teachers is still short, according to Lobregat.    “That is why we are asking Sec. Luistro to allocate additional teacher items for Recodo NHS”.

The Recodo NHS was established through the initiative of Mayor Lobregat who negotiated with the Consunji family for the donation of a 1 hectare property for the school campus and additional area for the government complex. 

According to Lobregat, the establishment of the Recodo NHS has helped decongest the Ayala National High School, which has a big student population and has no room for expansion.

At the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) in Sta.Maria, Lobregat announced the construction of an oval for training purposes inside the campus, as he turned over a 2-storey 10 classroom building—the fifth of its kind from the City Government.

DPLMHS, as of June 2012 has 7,071 students and a total of 151 classrooms. Without the 5 units of 2-storey 10 classroom buildings, the student per classroom ration would have been 1:63. With the additional classrooms, the ratio is now 1:46.

On the other hand, while no new school building is in the offing at the Mampang Elementary School at present, a barangay hall will soon rise in the area, the mayor stressed.

As of June 2012, the City Government has appropriated P809 million for the construction of 923 classrooms and P163 million for the repair of 892 classrooms and construction of fences, covered courts, stage and comfort rooms and other education-related projects.

“Our administration puts in a lot of priority on education. I just hope that the next mayor will have the same priority and the same passion for the education of our children and young Zamboangueños”, the mayor added. — Sheila Covarrubias