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Manila studes get p5k educational assistance from city government

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna delivers a message to students and parents prior to the distribution of educational assistance to 975 indigent students, where she was assisted by Vice Mayor Yul Servo and (left) Manila social welfare chief Re Fugoso. (JERRY S. TAN)

INDIGENT students numbering over 975 in all were awarded financial assistance by the Manila city government to help them with their educational expenses.

Mayor Honey Lacuna, joined by Vice Mayor Yul Servo and Manila Department of Social Welfare chief Re Fugoso, led the distribution of P5,000 cash to each of the recipients in line with the city’s educational assistance program, at the Dakota Covered Court in Malate, Manila.

In her brief message to the recipients, Lacuna said that the educational cash aid is given to the most needy students of the city to help them with their daily expenses, specially with the nearing face-to-face classes.

“Alam ko hindi ito sapat pero kahit papaano ay mayroon kayong mabubunot para mabawasan kahit paano anginyong mga gastusin,” the lady mayor said.

Those who received the cash allowance were students from Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 and Baseco, with an assurance from Lacuna that those from the other remaining districts will follow suit soon.

“So, ang bilin ko, mag-aral po kayong mabuti. ‘Wag nag-aantay ng announcement na ‘no classes’ dahil may kaunting ulan. Tutal mahigit three years na kayong di napasok,” the mayor told the students present.

To the parents who were also around during the event, Lacuna called on them to use the little help for the education of their children.

“Sa mga magulang, sana, ang kaunting tulong ay magamit naman po ninyo sa pag-aaral ng inyong mga anak. Gamitin natin sa wastong paraan.. ito po ay aming pagpapakita at pagpaparamdam na mahal na mahal po naming ang bawat batang Maynilang mag-aaral,” said Lacuna.

Fugoso said the total amount given was over P4.5 million and the recipients were indigent children enrolled in public schools both in the elementary and high school and children in need of special protection (CNSP).

“The said assistance is meant to augment family expenses for school needs such as “baon,” uniform, school supplies and shoes and materials for school projects, among others,” Fugoso added.

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