ANGELES CITY – Three new school buildings with a total of 41 classrooms, worth P91.782 million, were inaugurated in three public schools in the city by Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. and First District Rep. Carmelo “Jon” Lazatin II on March 14, 2022.
The newly constructed buildings were funded by the city government thru the Local School Board.
Mayor Lazatin said this is also in preparation of the city for the implementation of face-to-face learning under the new normal setting.
Among the school-beneficiaries were Sto. Rosario Elementary School with a 4-storey, 14 classroom building worth P29.86 million; Dr. Clemente N. Dayrit Sr. Memorial High School with a 4-storey, 12- classroom building worth of P26.86 million; and Rafael L. Lazatin Memorial High School with a 4-storey, 15-classroom building worth P35.062 million.
Mayor Lazatin, who personally graced the ribbon-cutting ceremonies with his brother Cong. Lazatin, Vice Mayor Vicenta Vega-Cabigting; Councilors Atty. Arvin Suller, Dan Lacson, Raco Del Rosario, and Marino Bañola; and Angeles City Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office Head Irish Bonus-Llego, mentioned that among the cornerstones of his administration is the uplifting of quality education for Angeleño youth, especially in the face of the pandemic.
“Ngayon po sa new normal set-up, importante po na masunod ang mga safety protocols laban sa Covid-19. Sa tulong ng mga bagong tayong klasrum na ito, matitiyak natin ang kaligtasan ng ating mga anak sa paaralan, once na ma-implement po ang face-to-face classes,” Lazatin said.
Mayor Lazatin also cited the help of his brother, Cong. Lazatin, in lobbying for funds for the local school infrastructure support.
“Mula po noon, kagaya ng aming yumaong ama na si Cong. Tarzan, ang edukasyon po ng kabataan ang una sa aming mga prayoridad. Rest assured that together with Cong. Jon, we will continue working hand-in-hand in ensuring that no Angeleño children will be left behind in terms of education,” Lazatin said.
To recall, Mayor Lazatin had allotted P209 million to purchase 63,200 tablets for 55,000 Grades 4 to 12 students and 3,000 school teachers in 53 public schools, and 3,200 scholars in the City College of Angeles in thr midst of the pandemic.
A total of 700 access points were installed city-wide for free WIFI connection, 200 of which were paid for by the city government for P20 million, while the other 500 are being installed for free.
The city government also distributed tents and risograph units to the 53 public schools in the city.