Celso inspects schools on 1st day of classes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:37

Demonstrating continuing concern for education, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday visited public schools in the city on the first day of classes to personally look at the situation and to provide interventions to help ensure comfort and convenience of school children.

Lobregat first proceeded to the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (DON GEMS) in Sta. Catalina where the City Government a week ago turned over a 2-storey 24 classroom building in line with the Lobregat administration’s massive school building program intended to improve the quality of education and ultimately ensure better future for the young generation.

Accompanied by City Schools Superintendent Pete Natividad and City Police OIC Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo, Lobregat looked at the physical condition of the different facilities, the safety and protection of the students and teachers and all other details including flooding in the school campus.

Lobregat was at Don GEMS Elementary School for the last 3 days to personally look at the repairs and other maintenance work being done in the other existing school building thereat. Yesterday he summoned the General Service Officer and the City Engineer to undertake measures to drain water that stuck in the campus due to rains Sunday night.

From Sta. Catalina, the mayor and group proceeded to Tetuan Central Elementary School and later to Pasonanca Elementary School where an annex of the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School has been established with an initial enrolment of 300 Grade 7 (first year high school) students.

The establishment of the Annex DPLMHS in Pasonanca is intended to make secondary education accessible to elementary graduates from Pasonanca and the nearby areas such as Muruk, Luyahan, Upper Pasonanca and the other areas.

“Graduates from feeder schools go to DPLMHS in Gov. Ramos  but with the creation of the annex school, all graduates from Pasonanca Barangay can need not go to DPLMHS”, Lobregat said stressing though that the situation is still being assessed or evaluated.

Expected number of enrolees for the annex school was only 150 but as of yesterday, the number has reached 300, the mayor said.

An annex high school has also been established at the Tulungatung Elementary School to provide accessibility to elementary graduates from Tulungatung and the nearby barangays.

Lobregat’s last inspection was the Science Park, now undergoing construction inside the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

In the afternoon yesterday, the mayor unveiled two education-related projects—the P1.25M comfort room extension with  16 cubicles at the Zamboanga City High School-Main in Tetuan and the rehabilitated one-storey 6 classroom building at the Zamboanga East Central School—all in line with the City’s commitment to education. —Sheila Covarrubias