Mayor Celso Lobregat turned over Monday morning the city government’s projects amounting to P2.8 million to the Zamboanga City Division Office and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) regional office, both in Barangay Baliwasan, west of this city.
Lobregat together with some city councilors first unveiled the two projects at the Division Office–the site development and fence costing P1,752,114.98 with a guardhouse amounting to P56,015.98 for a total of P1,808,130.96.
Accepting the projects for and in behalf of the Division Office was Dr. Maybelle Tee in the absence of the officer-in-charge, Pedro Melchor Natividad.
The turnover ceremony was witnessed by the education district supervisors and some school principals.
In his message, Lobregat challenged the City Division of School officials, supervisors, principals and teachers to come up with more educated students, especially high passing rates in the National Achievement Test (NAT).
“Hopefully, this challenge will be met,” Lobregat said with high expectation, considering that the city government under his administration had implemented over P700 million worth of various projects in all public elementary and secondary schools in this city.
From the City Division Office, Lobregat and some city councilors walked their way to the nearby CHED Regional Office building where they turned over two projects–site development amounting to P769,130.45 and construction of parking shed worth P226,325.68 for a total of P995,456.13.
CHED Regional Director Dr. Emmylou Yanga accepted the projects in the presence of former CHED commissioner now president of the Western Mindanao State University Dr. Luningning Umar; Dr. Nora Ponce, president of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC); Dr. Milavel Nazario, president of the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) and other guests.
Both the City Division Office and the CHED are occupying parcels of lot belonging to the ZCSPC.
In the case of the City Division Office, the building was funded through the initiative of Deputy House Speaker and first district Congresswoman Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, while CHED’s building was funded in part by Lobregat when he was still a congressman.