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Naga Mayor Legacion turns over 2 more classroom buildings to DepEd

NAGA CITY (PIA)—“Not one, but two,” – City Mayor Nelson Legacion declared, referring to the blessing and turn-over of 2 –storey 6-classroom building in Sta. Cruz National High School and the groundbreaking of an additional 2-storey 8-classroom building inside the Sta. Cruz New Development Area on Jan.12.

The momentous event was witnessed by city councilors, city officials and employees headed by Mayor Legacion, Vice-Mayor Nene De Asis, DepEd Naga School Division Supt. Mariano De Guzman, PSDS Sante Santelices, School Head Lorena Gonzales, Committee for Education Chair- Councilor Lito Del Rosario, Division Engr. Junmar Aguilar, teaching and non-teaching, the PTA and SSG Officials.

Mayor Legacion said that the 2-storey 6-classroom building in Sta. Cruz NHS will address the shortage of lecture rooms due to the resumption of face-to-face classes.

He added that the 2- Storey and 8 classrooms building is in anticipation of the influx of 200 new students for s/y 2023-2024. Currently, Sta. Cruz NHS has 596 students. 

Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion hopes that the construction of the new school buildings will be completed before February ends as the 2023-2024 classes will start on August 2023. (Photo credit| Mayor NLegacionFB page)

As to the costs, the City Dad said that the 2-storey 6 classrooms building amount to 15M while the 2-storey 8classrooms cost more than 20M.

DepEd Naga SDS De Guzman extended his gratitude to the City Government of Naga, for realizing its promise of building more classrooms in the city. He said that when he first heard about Mayor Legacion’s vision, he thought that it was just wishful thinking.

“When I assume as the OIC School Superintendent of Naga City, I've heard a dream of the city government under the administration of Mayor Son, makaag ngaya kita ning bagong eskwelahan- walo. Sabi ko impossible man yan, ta ang dream baga minsan dae man yan totoo. [We will put additional classrooms, 8. I said it’s impossible since I know that dreams don’t just happen]. We have seen how these things developed and this year, 2023 – the promise, the dream has been realized during the 2 terms of Mayor Legacion,” the DepEd official stated

DepEd Naga School Division Supt. Mariano De Guzman

De Guzman told the Sta. Cruz NHS Principal, teachers, and students how lucky they are for being given the opportunity to enjoy new, spacious and well-ventilated classrooms courtesy of the city government.

“I would like to tell you na you're very lucky and very blessed because of the benevolence of our greatest partner- the LGU Naga City, sa building pa lang,  complete na.”

“Sa [2-storey] 8 classrooms medyo hababa [ang area] so inaasahan po ang dumping and si pusog na pundasyon ta medyo malumoy po ini. Kung ang pag-uulayan is special education fund ang aasahan ta, kukulangun po inI. Dae kakayanun ta dikit man lang po ang allocated for capital out lay in the amount of 41Million. Ngunyan po na taon 2023 ang nakatalaan po na ipatugdok I think nasa 7 na schools buildings [The 8 classroom site needs land filling due to its location. We cannot augment the expenses using the special education fund since we have a very minimal allocation for the capital outlay in the amount of 41M. This 2023, we are targeting to build additional 7 school buildings],” Legacion added

Sta. Cruz National High School (Photo credits|MayorNLegacion FB page)

Mayor Legacion plans to realize this promise of building more classrooms for the growing population of students trooping to various elementary and secondary schools in the city  --- three (3) 2-storey-4classrooms: Del Rosario NHS, Yabu ES, and Pacol ES; 2-storey- 6 classrooms: San Isidro NHS, Balatas NHS, Mabolo NHS, Salunguigui NHS and now the Sta. Cruz NHS.

“These are the schools which are on the city’s pipeline. Kaya kulang ang 41Million. Kaya nagdisisyon po kita na kuanun ang mas dakulang parte kan budget requirement sa general fund, so mukhang so makukua ta from the general fund is around 70-80million gabos napo iyan [That’s why we decided to get bigger budget requirement from the general fund. I think we can have around 70-80M from the general fund],” the Chief Executive said. (With reports from ACarinan-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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