Lobregat cites reciprocity in ZCSPC, city gov’t tie-up PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 January 2013 14:13

Mayor Celso Lobregat the other day emphasized that reciprocity is the key to strong partnership between the city government under his administration and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) with Dr. Nora M. Ponce now serving her second term as president.

“Every time we ask favor from the College, we see to it that we reciprocate it with tangible projects for the good and benefit of the school and students,” Lobregat said Wednesday night at Dr. Ponce’s installation to the ZCSPC presidency for another four-year term, even as he stressed that millions of pesos worth of projects have been implemented on the ZCSPC campus.

He thanked Dr. Ponce and the ZCSPC community for all the support they have been giving to his administration and also the support that his administration has been giving to the College.

Lobregat administered Dr. Ponce’s oath which was also witnessed by Higher Education Commissioner Nona Ricafort, Higher Education Regional Director Emmylou Yanga, Councilor Abubakar, Western Mindanao State University President Dr. Milabel Ho and Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology President Dr. Milavel Nazario.

Lobregat, who was earlier represented by Councilor Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, said before his third term will end “we will be able to inaugurate the P24-million multipurpose gymnasium, which is now 30% finished, the garment building and soon the two-storey six-classroom engineering building.”

He also thanked the ZCSPC administration officials, deans and the academic community for the privilege and honor that they have given him to serve Zamboanga not just one term (3 years), not only two terms (6 years) but three consecutive terms or 9 years.

In a message read for him earlier by Councilor Abubakar, Lobregat said the ZCSPC, celebrating in July this year its 108th Foundation Anniversary, has become one of the oldest yet fastest growing government-run institutions of higher technical and vocational education in the region.

“Dr. Ponce’s track record and outstanding performance as the first woman president of such a highly technical and vocational college makes her eligible and truly deserving of yet another four-year term and reappointment to the position,” the mayor said.

In 2009, the ZCSPC was recipient of the a two-storey building with eight classrooms for the high school department in exchange for the College’s lot now occupied by the DepEd Zamboanga City Division Office based on negotiations spearheaded by the city government.

Aside from the P24.6-million gymnasium, which broke ground Sept. 18, 2012, up and coming at the ZCSPC are the P4.2 million garments building, now 68% completed, and the Engineering Building (2-storey with six-classrooms), now 36% completed, in the amount of P6.1 million or for a total of P35 million.

The city also partnered with the ZCSPC in the implementation of the 10-R Program in 2009 and the reproduction of armchairs in the amount of P7 million.

“All these and more were made possible because of the support and partnership we have shared. And today, we reaffirm that support and even strengthen our partnership,” said Lobregat, who is the father of the ZCSPC.

Also present during the installation rites were Higher Education Commissioner Nona Ricafort, Higher Education Regional Director Emmylou Yanga, Councilor Abubakar and other city officials. — Vic Larato