Celso vows constant education efforts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 09 December 2012 14:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat Friday swore to continue initiating education-related projects, stressing that education is the best tool to battle poverty and ensures better future to the young generation.

Speaking at the Parents’ Summit at the Amil’s Tower Friday afternoon, Lobregat said the local government has put a lot of concentration on education building and rehabilitating classrooms, covered courts, fences, stage and other infrastructures as well as other education-related projects since fixing the city’s finances.

From 2007 to June 30, 2012, the City Government’s investment in education has reached P1.186 billion.

“Almost all of [public elementary and secondary] schools have projects”, the mayor told the hundreds of participants to the Summit. “I was influenced to do this by my grandfather, Don Pablo Lorenzo, who was the second mayor of Zamboanga and eventually became the secretary of Education and later Secretary of Public Works and Highways, the only Zamboangueño to occupy such Cabinet positions”.

Don Pablo’s concern for the education of the youth was passed on to his daughter Maria Clara Lorenzo-Lobregat, who was elected congress representative of the lone district of Zamboanga and later elected Mayor of Zamboanga.

“When my mother became a congresswoman, almost all of her congressional funds went to the establishment of schools, especially the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS)”, the mayor continued.

DPLMHS was originally the Zamboanga City High School-North. It was established to decongest the student population at the Zamboanga City High School-main in Tetuan and the ZCHS-West in Baliwasan. “If the DPLMHS was not established, it’s over 7,000 students would be crowding the ZCHS-West and ZCHS-main”, according to Lobregat.

When he became succeeded his mother as congressman for the lone district of Zamboanga in the House of Representatives, Lobregat said, he also embraced education as his priority program.

Aside from building classrooms, he initiated the passage of laws establishing 7 high schools in the barangays of Tictapul, Sibulao, Divisoria, Tolosa, Limaong, SouthCom, Calarian and Baluno and appropriating funds therefore.

Lobregat likewise authored Republic Act 9142 amending RA 7474 elevating the status of the Zamboanga Polytechnic College to a stat college, now known as the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.

“This advocacy in education is a vision that my grandfather started, continued by my mother and which I pursued whatever position I was elected into”, the mayor asserted.

He thanked the parents attending the summit as well as the teachers and education officials for giving him the trust and confidence to serve the city of Zamboanga not only for one term or two terms but three terms or 9 years, as mayor of the city.

“I thank you very much for your support to our administration and for all your efforts for the benefit of the children,” the mayor said.

On the other hand, Lobregat appealed to Summit participants to decide prudently and sensibly in choosing leaders for the city. “I only hope that you choose leaders who have the same vision that Pablo Lorenzo had, that Ma’am Caling had and the same priority in education that our administration had”.

“Please help us make sure that the next mayor will be somebody who will protect the children and the students, somebody who will be against any and all forms of abuses against women and children”, Lobregat added.

The Parents’ Summit was organized by the Zamboanga PTA Federation and supported by the Local School Board led by the mayor.  Hundreds of parents and other stakeholders participated in the day-long event themed “Collaborating Toward Quality Students Learning Environment”. — Sheila Covarrubias