Celso lauds ADZU, Pilar College for ‘Adopt-a-School’ in Talisayan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 11:25

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday commended the Atendeo de Zamboanga University, Pilar College and their partners for choosing Talisayan Elementary School and Talisayan National High School in their “Adopt-A-School” program.

Mayor Lobregat said the program is very laudable even as he stressed that the city government under his administration has lined up many projects to be implemented this year at Talisayan Elementary School, where a stabbing rampage late last year had claimed the lives of teacher Lorna Pulalon, pupil Cess Orpiano and a grandfather.

These projects include the repair of the school’s two-storey building with six classrooms in the amount of P1.2 million, improvement of school fence measuring 244 meters at P935,000, construction of 35-meter school fence  and construction of new two-storey building with six classroom. All these projects have already been bided out and are awaiting notice to proceed.

Lobregat further stressed that since he assumed office in 2004 the city government had so far implemented more than P600 million worth of school buildings projects and other facilities, knowing that the Department of Education (DepEd) could hardly cope with the demands nationwide.

“If we will wait for DepEd to do (all these projects), then we wait forever,” he said, explaining that while DepEd has the biggest budget among all national agencies, the bulk of it goes to salaries of teachers and very little amount if left for school buildings.

“Much has been done during my first term, much more have been done in my second term and the best is yet to come in my third term,” the city chief executive emphasized.

For his part, Rev. Fr. Antonio Moreno, ADZU president, explained that the “Adopt-A-School” program in partnership with Pilar College and other concerned stakeholders in the community is a demonstration of cooperation for quality education.

“I do believe that the private and public school should connect with each other and that there should be more partnership between private and public schools,” Fr. Moreno said, recalling the stabbing incident in October last year at Talisayan Elementary School. “I said to myself that death (of the victims) should not be in vain… something good should be done. I am aware this is just the beginning of more to come.”

He also acknowledged and thanked Mayor Lobregat for gracing the program’s launching and for all his support to the education sector. “Imagine, the city government under his watch has to spend around P600 million for public schools.”

Meanwhile, Education Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera in a text message to Moreno said the “Adopt-A-School” program “is a shining example of what should be happening across the country… private citizens, respected institutions and the local government, all coming together to provide quality education for our children. I salute and thank (all those involved in the project) for your exemplary initiative.”

Also present during the launching of “Adopt-A-School” program were Sis. Niña Balbas, president of Pilar College; ADZU Education Leadership Program directoro Oscar Carzada, City Schools Division Superintendent Dolores Alcantara, Talisayan Elementary School principal Esther Oller, Talisayan NHS principal Dr. Ronilo Martinez, District Supervisor Erlina Ducanes, Talisayn barangay chair Josephine Pareja and other barangay officials and teachers. — Vic Larato