Beng unveils P23-M worth of Tetuan school projects PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:16

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday unveiled three projects amounting to P23 million at Tetuan Central School, but emphasized that she accepts them from the contractor subject to the usual auditing rules and regulations and that the safety of the children is ensured.

Inaugurated were the three-storey building with 20 classrooms costing P20.6 million, rehabilitation and improvement of the school’s auditorium amounting to P1.6 million and rehabilitation of the Home Economics building in the amount of P590,036.21.

The projects were funded and initiated during the previous administration of then mayor now Congressman Celso Lobregat who was represented by Councilor Elong Natividad during the blessing and turnover ceremony.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco took the opportunity of thanking the Tetuan Central School teachers headed by their principal Dr. Arnold Aba-a for allowing thousands of evacuees to stay at the school.

“To Dr. Abaa and the teachers, thank you so much for accepting our evacuees in spite of the challenges. May message is that everything really happens for a purpose,” she said.

“Today, we are realizing the building back of a better Zamboanga. Let us all help to make the future of our children a reality today,” she added.

For his part, Dr. Aba-a thanked the city government under the present leadership of Mayor Climaco and the previous administration of Cong. Lobregat for the support given to Tetuan Central school.

He said the projects will have a great impact on the learning experience of the school’s 4,800 pupils and 115 teachers as they now have new classrooms that are conducive to learning and teaching. “We thank you so much Mayor Beng and Cong. Lobregat.”

The principal also said the Tetuan Central School had served as evacuation center for more than 6,000 families from the first day of the Zamboanga siege on Sept. 9 up to Dec. 12.

“We gladly opened our doors and gates to the evacuees who in turn cooperated with us, thus we had no problem with them. In fact, they gifted us with tokens of armchairs,” Aba-a said.

According to him, the evacuees themselves had volunteered to make 100 armchairs with the assistance of ZaBiDa, a non-government organization. — Vic Larato