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ZAMBOANGA CITY/10 June 2012 by Sheila Covarrubias–Principals of some public elementary and secondary schools that are recipients of the latest computer-package from the city government have cited Mayor Celso Lobregat’s massive and sustained support to the education of young children.
Evangeline Amolo, Zamboanga East Central School principal said the city government under Mayor Lobregat is truly looking after the interest and welfare of the children with the huge investments it is pouring in for education-related projects.
“We thank Mayor Lobregat for his good leadership and all out concern for the students,” Amolo said, stressing that “these computers and all other education-related projects that the city government is implementing will greatly impact the lives of the children.”
A total of 12 public schools—7 elementary and 5 secondary schools were recipients of 60 computer units with complete accessories which were purchased out of the City Government’s P2 million prize money as the regional winner in the DILG-initiated Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award for excellence in local governance.
No less than Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo together with Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Deles graced the donation and turnover of the computer units June 5 in City Hall.
In the recent past, Zamboanga East Central School also received from the city government school buildings and various infrastructures such as a multi-purpose covered and the rehabilitation of the historic Gabaldon building among others for the benefit of the thousands of its students.
Talon-talon National High School Principal Arlindela Ramirez, whose school has been a recipient of at least 8 school buildings from the city government, said Mayor Lobregat’s concern for the students is enormous and remarkable and will go a long way in shaping the future of young people.
Since its establishment in 2006, Talon-talon National High School has been operating with the support and assistance of the city government. All the school buildings and other infrastructures including the covered court and the fencing were all funded by the city.
Recipient schools of the city government’s latest computer package were the Labuan Central School, Talon-talon Elementary School, Talisayan Elementary School, Curuan Central School, Ayala Central School, Maasin Elementary School, Zamboanga East Central School and the national high schools located in Ayala, Sangali, Recodo, Talon-talon and Culianan.
The provision of the computer units to public schools is in line with the goal of increasing the passing rate in the National Achievement Test (NAT) as well as increasing computer literacy. Specifically, the project will address the gaps in achieving university primary education and aims to address Goal 2 of the MDG as it will increase the net enrolment ratio in primary education and boost the proportion of pupils and or students who finished schooling by stimulating interest on basic computer learning.
The project likewise hopes to supplement teaching strategies and enhance efficiency in teaching to achieve better literacy rates.
Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award is conferred to LGUs for reasons of exemplary performance in administrative governance, social, economic and environmental governance drawn from the database of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), Seal of good Housekeeping, International organization or National Government Agency. (Sheila Covarrubias)
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