City unveils 2 projects for education sector PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:37

Mayor Celso L. Lobregat yesterday led City Government officials in turning over two school infrastructure projects, once again demonstrating the continued commitment of his administration to the education sector.

In two separate turnovers, Lobregat unveiled the 1.25 million 16-cubicle restroom and a P700 thousand rehabilitated one-storey, six-classroom building to the Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS) Main and the Zamboanga East Central School, respectively, in time for the first day of classes for public schools.

ZCHS Main Principal Felisa Munar expressed her gratitude for the City Government’s support, calling it a “reinforcement of the importance of education.” The additional cubicle restroom will serve to augment ZCHS Main’s current facilities which currently serves approximately 8,000 students.

The 16-cubicle restroom is an extension at the 3-storey 27 classroom building that the city government turned over to the ZCHS-main in July last year.

For the East Central School, shifting half-day classes will no longer be necessary with the timely turnover of the rehabilitated six-classroom building. According to Principal Evangeline Amolo, the newly rehabilitated rooms will be used for their Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 classes.

Lobregat challenged the teachers and students to make good use of the turned over facilities. He also called on all educators to serve as role models to their young charges.

“We should teach by example,” said Lobregat, who earlier in the day visited different schools to observe and oversee the first day of classes. He likewise spent the weekend prior to the opening of classes cleaning up classrooms.

Division of City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad reiterated the challenge, stating that the beneficiaries of the said projects should express their gratitude through actions and not words. “Dale quita mira que kaya kita kuida cosa ya dale canaton el City Government,” said Natividad.

From 2007 to 2012, the City Government established 977 new classrooms and rehabilitated a total of 904 classrooms.

“Ta dale este mira kay alto el prayoridad del gobierno local para na edukasyon,” declared Lobregat.

Accompanying the Mayor in the turnovers were Councilors Rudy Lim and Nonong Guingona, Councilor-elect BG Guingona, and City Engineer Luis Despalo, together with the respective project contractors. — Jasmine Mohammadsali