Celso files bills for 2 new high schools PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 August 2013 14:09

As promised, District I Congressman Celso Lobregat has formally filed two bills in Congress seeking the creation of national high schools in Pasonanca and Tulungatung.

The filing of the bills is in line with the solon’s continuing commitment to education.

Last June, the City Government then under the Lobregat administration signed a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Education and the Barangay Councils of Pasonanca and Tulungatung for the opening of annex high schools in the two barangays.

The annex high school for the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS), temporarily located in a makeshift building at the Pasonanca Elementary School campus opened last June with some 300 pioneer Grade 7 (first year high school) students.

On the other hand, the annex for the Ayala National High School in Tulungatung located at the Tulungatung Elementary School also opened last June with almost the same number of students.

The City Government, through Lobregat’s initiative has set the construction of school buildings for the two annex high schools, in line with the massive school building program.

Lobregat underscored the need for the establishment of secondary schools in Pasonanca and Tulungatung in view of the increasing number of elementary graduates from these barangays and their neighboring areas. “This is to make secondary education accessible to students in Pasonanca and Tulungatung”.

The same move is to decongest student population at the DPLMHS and the Ayala National High School, Lobregat affirmed.

Education was one of the flagship programs of the Lobregat administration with investments reaching P1.3 billion from 2007-2012.

When he was elected congressman of the lone District of Zamboanga from 1998 to 2004, Lobregat also authored various laws related to education that included the 7 laws that established the national high schools in barangays Tictapul, Sibulao, Divisoria, Tolosa, Limaong, SouthCom, Calarian and Baluno, in Zamboanga City and appropriating funds therefore and Republic Act 9142 amending RA 7474 elevating the status of the Zamboanga Zamboanga Polytechnic College to a state college, now known as the “Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College”.--Rey Carbonel