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DepEd Sec. Briones speaks in Zambo schools graduation


Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor M. Briones was personally welcomed by Congressman Celso Lobregat during her arrival Monday afternoon here in Zamboanga City.

Briones flew in to be the guest of honor and speaker of the 1st batch of Senior High School graduates of the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) and the Maria Clara Lobregat National High School (MCLLNHS) yesterday, at Zamboanga City Coliseum. Briones was also the guest speaker in the graduation of the Alternative Learning Systems (ALS) graduates in the afternoon.

Lobregat thanked Briones for choosing Zamboanga City as one of only two places in the entire country to be guest speaker during graduation.

Lobregatalso expressed elation that the two schools that participated in the Senior High School graduation ceremonies were Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial National High School and Maria Clara Lobregat National High School.

DPLMHS was named in honor of Don Pablo Lorenzo, Celso’s grandfather, who was the 2nd Mayor of Zamboanga City. He also served as DepEd Secretary and DPWH Secretary under the administration of President Elpidio Quirino.

MCLLNHS on the other hand was named in honor of Celso’s mother, Maria Clara Lorenzo Lobregat. Ma’am Caling was the former Congresswoman and Mayor of Zamboanga City.

Congressman Lobregat also thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary Briones for the continuous School Building Program of the DepEd in Zamboanga City, especially in District 1.

Since his election and re-election as District 1 Representative,overP1 billion worth of  classrooms have been funded for District 1 alone.A total of 56 school buildings with 619 classrooms amounting to P1.119 billion had been completed, undergoing construction, or had been bided out.

The breakdown of these school buildings are as follows; 28 school buildings with 242 classrooms were recently completed, 10 school buildings with 188 classrooms are ongoing construction, and 18 other buildings with 189 classrooms are set for construction.

With his strong advocacies and dedication as a public servant, Lobregat renewed his continuous support in the quest for quality education forthe children in the city.

Lobregat said that pursuing quality education by providing an environment to make it easier for teachers to teach and for students to learn is his strong commitment.

His passion to build classrooms has also been clearly manifested when Lobregat was Mayor of Zamboanga City. During his term as Mayor, the city government built more than 1,000 new classrooms worth over a billion pesos to assist DepEd in addressing the classroom shortage.

The solon said that he truly appreciates the efforts of Secretary Briones to ensure the implementation of the necessary education programs in public schools and the delivery of the needed infrastructures and modules for the students and teachers.(Dexter Yap/PR)

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