P25-M dormitory project breaks ground at WMSU PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:10

The much-talked about three-storey multipurpose building with a dormitory amounting to P25 million broke ground in fitting ceremonies yesterday morning at the Campus B of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), this city.

Mayor Celso Lobregat and WMSU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho led in the groundbreaking ceremonies attended by other city government officials and the entire University family that included the vice presidents, deans, directors, faculty and students.

Costing the city government P24,584,019.82, the project will be undertaken by WERR Corporation International and is expected to be completed within 300 days.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. Ho sincerely thanked Mayor Lobregat and the City Council for giving WMSU a multipurpose building project with dormitory, saying that it will go a long way in helping the students, especially those who could hardly afford to stay in private dormitories.

“Words are not enough to express our profound thanks and gratitude to the city government headed by Mayor Lobregat for giving us this project,” Dr. Ho said even as she recalled that it was in the afternoon of June 30, 2012 when she received a call from Mayor Lobregat for an ocular inspection of the project site.

Aside from the dormitory project, Dr. Ho added, the city government through the chief executive also donated to WMSU about P800,000 worth of filling materials to elevate the University’s open field plaza, which usually goes under water during heaving downpour.

For his part, Lobregat explained that the process of having the WMSU dormitory project approved took a little time as it had to be included, as a matter of government procedure, first in the Local Development Investment Plan, then in the Annual Investment Plan and most importantly in the city’s executive budget for 2013.

“We are very fortunate to have very a supportive Council where we have a clear majority (of the members) supporting the plans and programs of our administration,” Lobregat said.

The city’s 2013 budget containing the WMSU dormitory project was approved by the City Council through Resolution No. 802, and those who voted in favor of the project were the presiding officer Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Jaime Cabato, Lilia Nuno, Gerky Valesco, Noning Biel, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Eddie Saavedra, Rey Candido, Percival Ramos, Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, VP Elago, Mike Alavar, Abdurahman Nuno and Rudy Bayot.

“We have to give credit where credit is due and I am fortunate that in my three terms as mayor of the city we had a very clear majority (members) in the City Council, without whom we would have been in gridlock and we would not be breaking the ground today for the WMSU dormitory project,” Lobregat said.

According to him, one sector that his administration has given high priority is education with a total infrastructure investment of P1.3 billion over the last six years. The assistance was extended not only to public elementary and secondary schools in the city but also to the state colleges and university—the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) and WMSU.

The ZSCMST received from the city government a 17-door apartelle amounting to P9.3 million which was inaugurated on June 27, 2012, while the ZCSPC is a recipient of a P24-million multipurpose gymnasium, P4.2-million garments building and a two-storey six-classroom building for the College of Engineering, all are ongoing construction and almost completed. — Vic Larato