Lobregat, nation’s champion learning center builder — DepEd PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 April 2013 11:17

For initiating a massive school building program with the goal of providing quality education and ultimately ensuring a better future for the young, Mayor Celso Lobregat and the City Government of Zamboanga continuously heap praises from various institutions specifically from the Department of Education itself.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro recently dubbed Mayor Lobregat as the “nation’s champion learning center builder” for his various education initiatives that resulted to a remarkable makeover of public education in the city in the last 6 years.

Luistro also dubbed the city government of Zamboanga as DepEd’s number one fund supporter citing the over a billion peso investment that the Lobregat administration has earmarked for the construction and repair of classrooms and other education-related projects from 2007 to 2012.

Secretary Luistro’s commendation for Zamboanga was featured in the national daily Philippine Star in an article entitled “Zambo City DepEd’s No. 1 LGU fund supporter” published on April 20, 2013.

In the said article, Luistro emphasized that Zamboanga City Government’s financial contribution to elementary and secondary school buildings and other education-related programs and activities before the end of 2013 has surpassed the P1-B mark since early 2006. “It is, to me, so far the biggest amount of an LGU educationaid in the whole country”.

“I cannot recall during my term of any other highly urbanized city or LGU which has appropriated so much for basic education compared with what Zamboanga public education sector has received from a local government”, Luistro was quoted in the Phil Star article.

The Cabinet official has been in the City several times in the last 3 years since he assumed office as DEPED secretary to inaugurate newly constructed or rehabilitated school buildings funded by the City Government.

The last time that Sec. Luistro was in the City was last March 13, 2013 to unveil two school buildings—P21M two-storey 24 classroom at the Tumaga Elementary School and the P9M two-storey 8 classroom building at the Lunzuran Elementary School—all costing P30M.

Late in November of 2012, the secretary was also in the city to inaugurate for two consecutive days six new learning centers consisting of 58 classrooms with a total cost of P59.62M.

The city’s investment in education has reached P1.3 billion in the last 6 years. — Sheila Covarrubias