Village chiefs cite city for education priorities PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 11:18

The barangay chairmen of Tulungatung and Pasonanca have highly praised Mayor Celso Lobregat and the City Government for the high priority given to education citing its strong impact on the young generation.

Charlito Sumbrana of Tulungatung and Efigenio Julian Jr. of Pasonanca were unanimous in saying that the City’s investment in education will go a long way in ensuring a better future for the youth.

“The opening of a high school in Pasonanca is a dream come true for us in the barangay”, Julian said in the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement for the operation of the Pasonanca National High School (annex to Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School) and Tulungatung National High School (annex to Ayala National High School) held at the City Hall conference room.

“Ta rindi gayot kame miles de gracias con Mayor Lobregat y con el gobierno local de Zamboanga por este regalo que ya dale le con el barangay Tulungatung especialmente con el maga jovenes”, Sumbrana for his part declared.

The high schools in the two barangays have initially started with the enrollment of Grade 7 (first year) students. In Pasonanca, some 300 Grade 7 students have initially enrolled. The temporary site of the high school is inside the Pasonanca Elementary School, as negotiations for the permanent school site is ongoing. In Tulungatung on the other hand, a total of 101 Grade 7 students have enrolled initially and are temporarily using the newly inaugurated and turned over 3-storey 12 classroom building at the Tulungatung Elementary School. The first 2-storey 6 classroom building for the Tulungatung NHS is ongoing constructed within the Tulungatung resettlement site complex.

The creation of new schools forms part of the city’s priority program in education with the end in view of helping resolve poverty through education.

“Educacion amo el solucion contra pobresa”, the mayor declared, as he vowed to continue with his initiatives in education even as he assumes as the elected congressman of the City’s first district.

Lobregat has pledged to make the passage of the bills creating the Pasonanca and Tulungatung high schools as among his priorities in Congress, where he will also seek to be a member of the House Committee on Education.

Under the Lobregat administration, the city’s investment in education has reached P1.4 billion from 2007 to 2012 that includes the construction and repair of classrooms, covered courts, stage, site development, slope protection, riprap, computers and the creation of new schools.

With the Tulungatung and Pasonanca National high Schools, the number of created schools under the Lobregat administration is now 7 to include the Talon-talon National High School, Recodo National High School, Capisan National High School, Lubigan Annex High School and the Landang Gua Integrated School—which are monumental testimonies to the city’s priority concern for quality education. — Sheila Covarrubias