After unveiling P21.2M school bldg project, Celso vows more PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 17:24

Vowing to deliver the best in his third term, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday said his administration’s assistance and support to the education sector will continue with more vigor and intensity.
This, as he turned over yesterday to Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro the 3-storey 23 classroom building constructed by the city government for Tugbungan Elementary School costing P21.2 million.

Describing it as the biggest so far since the start of his massive school building program, Mayor Lobregat said the new Tugbungan school building is only one of the many 3-storey edifices that will be constructed due to limited space and high student population.

Two other 3-storey buildings have been unveiled last year –the Zamboanga City High-West with 15 classrooms and the Talon-talon Elementary School with 21 classrooms.

Now under construction is a 3-storey 27classroom building for the Zamboanga City High School-Main where additional 15 classrooms constructed as the fifth floor of an existing building have been completed recently. On the drawing board are the 3-storey 24 classroom building for Tumaga Elementary School; the 3-storey 21 classroom building for Tetuan Central School and the 3-storey 18 classroom building for Mampang Elementary School. “If we will wait for Deped we will wait forever, the chief executive said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Lobregat said with the newly constructed building, the Tugbungan Elementary School now boasts of 93 classrooms more than the number of teachers.

Without the new building, Lobregat said Tugbungan Elementary School used to have 70 classrooms for its 3,701 pupils and 83 teachers or translated to 52 pupils per classroom. With the 23-classroom building, he said the school now has 93 classrooms or a ratio of 31 pupils per room.

“This is way below the normal ratio of 45 pupils per classroom and there are now more classrooms than teachers here,” the mayor said as he urged Sec. Luistro to look into the teacher shortage at Tugbungan Elementary School.

“What good are the classrooms without teachers,” he said in jest, even as he added that the DepEd through Luistro’s intercession had already approved 21 teacher-items for Zamboanga City which will soon be filled up.

The city’s other innovative intervention in education is the ongoing manufacture and purchase of more than P7-million worth of school armchairs from the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.
“As I have told Sec. Luistro, we do not only construct school buildings we also provide our schools with armchairs and desks,” Lobregat said, recalling that the initiative was a result of the successful 10Rs Program two years ago that was able to produce more than 3,000 recycled chairs and desks from the over 4,000 dilapidated chairs/desks from the different public schools in the city.

Prior to inaugurating the building at Tugbungan Elementary School, Lobregat together with other city and education officials ushered Sec. Luistro to  visit the ZCSPC where the chairs are being made, the DPLMHS where the finished products are stored in the gym and the San Roque Elementary School where a new building has just been constructed.

Shortly after the inauguration program, Lobregat and Luistro and party proceeded to the ZCHS Main to inspect the site where the three-storey 27-classroom building will soon rise. — Vic Larato