Grade school shut down by San Juan politics to lastly open

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A four-story college building that has become a victim of local politics in San Juan will lastly open this Monday, July 29, almost four years after it was constructed.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said the P38.8 million West Crame Elementary School, the first public school in San Juan’s most strongly populated barangay, will lastly open its gates after building was completed on December 8, 2015.

Zamora said the school was a victim of the Zamora-Ejercito conflict in San Juan after the prior administration refused to open the college for security reasons. Before dropping out between the two families, Zamora was San Juan’s vice-major while his dad was a congressman.

The mayor said the prior administration never permitted the college to be opened supposedly because there were bullets from Camp Crame’s firing range that could hit the school.

A suggestion to turn the school building into a drug rehabilitation facility or public housing project was dismissed by then-Congressman Ronaldo Zamora since the General Appropriations Act specifically allocated resources for a college.

In 2017, then PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and education secretary Leonor Briones declared the college was secure for use.

Throughout the campaign in 2016 and 2019, I promised Barangay West Crame that if I became mayor, I’ll make sure it will open and now, on Monday, July 29, we’ll open West Crame Elementary School,” he said. Next, he said, is the opening of a second public high school in the town – which was promised previously by his predecessor, Guia Gomez, but continues unfunded.

However, Zamora said there are many incomplete projects remaining by the past administration, including the San Juan Hospital and the San Juan Justice Hall.

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