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Zamboanga turns over Manicahan school building

Zamboanga City (September 26) -- Pursuing commitment to assist the educational sector, the city government of Zamboanga, lead by Mayor Celso Lobregat, turned over on Tuesday to school officials the newly constructed Manicahan National High School.

Costing P3.5 million, the two-storey six classroom building, was the third school facility to be inaugurated since September 14 and is part of the over P60 million school building program of the city government for this year.

Lobregat said the assistance to the educational sector will continue without let up in a bid to improve the quality of education in Zamboanga. "Never in the history of Zamboanga City has any administration placed so much emphasis on education than now".

While it is the primary responsibility of the Department of Education to provide classrooms and other facilities to public elementary and secondary schools, the city government will pursue its commitment to assist and support the educational sector.

In his message during the turn over, Lobregat acknowledged the support of the City Council to his program for the education sector and hoped that the august body would continue to back his programs.

For his part, Manicahan National High School Principal Dr. Ronilo Martinez praised the local government for sharing its resources to the DEPED through the construction of school facilities and other infrastructures in public schools.

"Mayor Celso Lobregat has done his part in assisting the youths", Martinez declared stressing that the school building project in Manicahan is "another physical facility that will shelter our students."

Last September 14, Lobregat turned over four school projects at the Maasin Learning Center and a week after inaugurated the Bolong National High School two-storey six classroom building.

For next year, the city government has allocated over P100 million for school building program.

Also present during the turn over in Manicahan yesterday were Councilors Roel Natividad, Eduardo Saavedra, Rodolfo Lim and Rey Candido, Assistant City Engineer Rodrigo Rebollos, City Schools Superintendent OIC Norma Vecina and Manicahan barangay chair Editha Casino and her councilmen. (CIO/PIA ZC) [top]

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