Climaco welcomes new batch of city gov’t scholars for 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:48

By VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday welcomed another batch of 100 college scholars for 2015 and challenged them to be serious and sincere in their studies, stressing that their admission into the academic scholarship program of the city government is an opportunity for a better future.

Mayor Climaco told the new scholars, who belonged to the top 25 of each graduating class from all of the city’s 32 public secondary schools, that the city’s scholarship program is primarily intended for the young people who are academically advantaged but financially deprived to pursue a higher education.

“Congratulations for being part of the city government’s scholarship program. This is your opportunity for a brighter future, seize this opportunity by studying harder, seriously,” the chief executive told the scholars during the orientation yesterday morning at the City Human Resource and Management Office (CHRMO) conference room.

A teacher and guidance counselor by profession, Climaco inspired the scholars with her personal experience, having prioritized her studies as demanded of her by her parents.

She also advised the scholars against spending much of their time on video or online games, including the social network. “Spend your free time on your studies, study your lessons.”

The mayor lamented that today’s generation is apathetic; no interest and happy go lucky.

“They say old people are lethargic, but when they exercise they are energized,” Climaco said. “Are you lethargic?” she asked the scholars, adding that some young people at the age of 16 are already lethargic because they spend so much time on video games and facebook.

The city’s academic scholarship program as provided for under City Ordinance No. 332 series of 2008 is intended for poor but deserving high school graduates belonging to the top 25 of their class.

Under the ordinance and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the scholars are entitled to an educational assistance of P5,000 per semester or P10,000 each per school year for four (4) years. They must also enroll in state colleges and universities within the city only; in which case, the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC). — Vic Larato