City invests P1.3 billion in education in 5 years—Celso PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 16:30

The City Government under the Lobregat administration has appropriated P1.3 billion for school buildings and other education-related projects from 2007-2012 demonstrating concern for the young generation of Zamboanga.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said for the 5-year period, the city has completed and ongoing construction and under bidding process a total of 136 school buildings with 977 classrooms worth P873.44 million.

For the same period, the city has repaired/ ongoing repair projects including those under bidding process 904 classrooms amounting to P167.36 million.

Included in the school buildings constructed are the 3-storey 27 classroom building at the Zamboanga National High school-main; 3-storey 23 classroom building at Tugbungan Elementary school; 3-storey 21 classroom building at Talon-talon Elementary School; 3-storey 18 classroom building at Mampang Elementary School; 3-storey 15 classroom building at the Zamboanga National high School-west; 3-storey 12 classroom building at the San Jose Gusu Elementary School; 3-storey 12 classroom building at the Talon-talon Elementary School; 5 units of 3-storey 9 classroom buildings; a 3-storey 6 classroom building at the ZNHS-West; 2-storey 12 classroom building; 4 units of 2-storey 10 classroom building at Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School; 19 units of 2-storey 8 classroom buildings; 38 units of 2-storey 6 classroom building; 4 units of 2-storey 4 classroom buildings; 2-storey 2 classroom building at the Cawit Elementary School; 1-storey 4 classroom building at Dulian Elementary School; 12 units of 1 storey 3 classroom buildings; 11 units of 1 storey 2 classroom building and 4 units of 1 storey 1 classroom buildings.

Aside from school buildings, other education-related projects include the construction of covered courts, drainage systems, roads and slope protection, provision of computers,  chairs and other projects to include the grant of allowances for teachers.

Not only public schools are recipients of the city’s education initiatives but also higher education institutions. The Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology received a 17-door apartment type dormitory complex worth P9.33 million; the Zamboanga State Polytechnic College, which was a recipient of a 2-storey 8 classroom building for its high school department in 2009 is awaiting the completion of the P24 million multi-purpose building or gymnasium now 33% complete; the P4.2 million garments building now 68% complete and the P6.1 million 2-storey 6 classroom building for its college of engineering now 36% complete and the Western Mindanao State University will soon have its P25 million dormitory, which is now under bidding process.

Mayor Lobregat stressed that the assistance and support to education is fulfilling the visions of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat and forms part of his administration’s social contract with the people of Zamboanga as embodied in the 17-point agenda and is one of the top priorities in the City Development Strategy.

As this developed, Lobregat happily revealed that based on records from the Department of Education, the goal to lower the student-classroom ratio has been effectively met.

In 2004, for the elementary with an enrolment of 110,553 and 2,510 classrooms, the student classroom ratio was 44.05 and in 2012 with an enrolment of 127,041 and 3,188 classrooms, the student classroom ratio is 39.84, according to Lobregat.

“The improvement is more dramatic in the secondary level. In 2004, with an enrolment of 44,520 and 672 classrooms, the student classroom ratio was 66.25 and in 2012, with an enrolment of 48,179 and 1179 classrooms, the student classroom ratio is 40.86”, he added. — Sheila Covarrubias