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Needy public school students in Manila get cash aid

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna tells parents to spend the cash assistance for their children who are students. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna led the distribution of financial assistance for needy public school students in the city.

Lacuna was joined by Manila department of social welfare chief Re Fugoso and Vice Mayor Yul Servo during the distribution of the said cash aid under the city’s Educational Assistance Program (EAP) held at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

It was learned from Fugoso that the recipients totalling 1,663 in all received P5,000 each and came from Districts 1,2,3, 4,5, 6 and Baseco.

In her speech, Lacuna appealed to the parents not to use the funds for other purposes like paying for their electric or water bills or to pay their debts.

“Bagama’t hindi kalakihan, ang tulong na ito ay aming ibinibigay para kahit paano ay maibsan ang inyong pangaraw-araw na pangangailangan,” the lady mayor said, noting that even if education is free, there will always be additional expenses that will crop up.

“Sana ay gamitin ninyo ito sa pangangailangan ng mga anak ninyo,” she said, while on the other hand, she appealed to the students to make their parents proud and finish school to be able to achiev their goals and pluck themselves from poverty.

“Mag-aral lang kayo dahil ‘yan ang regalo sa inyong mga magulang na ginagawa lahat para lang matustusan ang inyong mga pangangailangan. Wala nang iba pang masaya pag kayo ay makapagtapos ng pag-aaral,” she said.

Lacuna added: “Napakalaki ng learning gap ng ating mga anak at apo kaya gusto po namin sa pagkakataon na ito na paliitin ang learning gap… mabigyan kayo ng karagdagang tulong para mas matustusan nyo ang pangangailangan ng mga bata kaya pagdamutan sana ninyo ang aming nakayanan.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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