Celso fulfils promise to Malagutay folks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:46

Fulfilling a promise he made a year ago, Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday spearheaded the unveiling of two rehabilitated and improved one-storey 2 classroom buildings that will effectively resolve the classroom shortage at the Malagutay Elementary School.

Accompanied by Councilors Rudy Lim, Nonong Guingona, Myra Paz Valderozza-Abubakar, Noning Biel and Rogelio Valesco Jr., Lobregat yesterday morning turned over the 2 facilities—rehabilitated at a cost of P709,280 and P620,895 or a total of P1.3M to education officials led by City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Natividad, Malagutay School Principal Julieta Cillo, District School Supervisor Estela Apolinario and Malagutay Barangay officials headed by chairman Allan de Guzman.

The additional 4 rehabilitated classrooms will now improve classroom-student ratio to 45-50 and will now eliminate shifting of classes schemes and other inconvenience experienced by teachers and students in the past.

It was on March 26, 2012 during the turnover of a newly constructed two-storey building with six classrooms amounting to P1.3 million at Malagutay Elementary School in the west coast when Lobregat committed to have the two school adjacent buildings, then in dilapidated condition, repaired.

“Ya precura kita manda apura el repair para alcansa el opening [of classes]”, Lobregat told mediamen covering the inauguration and turnover rites in Malagutay. “Antes, el maga clase ta hace na stage o na covered shed y cada clase tiene ta pone 80 students in one class”, he stressed, adding “but with the turnover now, the students can already occupy these rehabilitated buildings and no longer hold classes on the stage or covered court.

Natividad, Apolinario and Cillo in their individual messages thanked Lobregat and the entire City Government for the constant support not only to the Malagutay Elementary School but to the education sector as a whole.

Cillo affirmed that the school’s student population has increased to more than 600 this school year and that the four additional classrooms will rid the school of the shifting scheme.

She said the school has 6 school buildings, four of which were constructed by the City Government and only two provided by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Natividad urged the Malagutay School administration and teachers to put the facilities into good use and to stay firm in their commitment to improve the performance of school children.

Improving the students’ academic performance, specifically in the national achievement test (NAT) is the best reward that the DepEd can give to the local government for its unremitting support and assistance to the education sector.

From 2007 to 2012, the Lobregat administration has constructed 977 new classrooms that can accommodate approximately 50,000 students at 45-50 students per classroom. “You can just imagine if the City Government did not construct this number of classrooms, where will the students hold classes?”, the mayor emphasized.

More and more school buildings—newly constructed and rehabilitated, and other education-related projects are expected to be turned over until the June 30, when Lobregat will culminate his third term as mayor and assume as the representative of the city’s 1st District. — Sheila Covarrubias