Educational assistance to be released for 314 grantees

BAGUIO CITY  – The city’s three hundred and fourteen (314) qualified educational financial assistance grantees already informed to be at the Baguio Convention Center on Jan. 13, Wednesday, from 8AM to 12 noon for a mass release of cash benefits.

Beneficiaries are to bring a parent or guardian, and comply with minimum health protocols, wear face mask and shield and observe social distancing in the venue.

They comprise the first batch of Baguio College Educational Financial Assistance Grant beneficiaries, according to City Social Welfare and Development Office (OCSWDO) personnel Cynthia Langagan, who also requested the grantees to bring identification documents.

The cash benefit to be received is for the first semester of 2020-21 while screening and deliberation shall be done next month for the second semester beneficiaries.

They are part of the 800 target beneficiaries of the local government unit-sponsored financial assistance for poor but deserving students which was launched November last year.

The program is anchored on City ordinance 116, series of 2019, which also cited the Philippine Constitution and the Local Government Code as basis, with provisions mandating accessible education to all and that funds be allocated for scholarship grants, loan programs, subsidies and other incentive, especially for underprivileged students.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong is chair, Vice-Mayor Faustino Olowan is vice-chair with the Sangguniang Panlungsod, City Budget Officer, and the CSWDO represented by head of agency Betty Fangasan as members of the scholarship committee tasked to screen and oversee all activities in the selection of student-grantees.

As to the ordinance, a P10M fund is allocated for the purpose with an addition funding every year with the approval of the city council, in anticipation of increase in beneficiaries.

Last year, applicants submitted a letter of application to the mayor, enrolment documents and certificate, school fees assessment, good moral character certificate, barangay residence certificate for two years, Income Tax Return (ITR), (parents’) voter’s ID, barangay endorsement, PSA birth certificate, and other pertinent documents.

The CSWDO, Executive Assistant Marlene De Castro and Chair of Education Committee Councilor Vladimir Cayabas received the pertinent documents for screening. – Julie G. Fianza with reports from the CSWDO