Celso to scholars: ‘Finish your studies’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:11

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday exhorted the 110 city government scholars to take full advantage of the opportunity afforded to them by finishing their studies and achieve a brighter future for them and their families.

Mayor Lobregat said this, as he awarded scholarship certificates to the students who are studying at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) and Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST).

The city government’s scholarship program which started 2009 is pursuant to Ordinance 332, granting academic scholarships to poor but deserving students.
Mayor Lobregat said the city government scholars had been chosen from the top 10 of the class from different public secondary schools in the city and are required to maintain a passing grade of 2.0 or its equivalent in their course.

Of total 110 program beneficiaries, 80 are enrolled at WMSU, 12 at ZCSPC while 18 are enrolled at the ZSCMST. 
“Please do your best in your studies. I really want all of you to finish your studies”, Lobregat told the scholars before releasing the certificates yesterday at the City Hall conference room.
The first batch of scholars (school year 2009-2010) composed of 67 students while the second batch (school year 2010-2011) composed of 72 students—all under the academic  Most of them are taking up 4-year courses while some are taking up 5-year courses.

Under the ordinance, each scholar is entitled to P5,000 tuition fees per semester. Any excess amount, if there is any, will be given to them.
Aside from academic scholars, the ordinance likewise provides technical-vocational scholarship grants for out-of-school youths and unemployed adults who are at least high school graduates, or passers of the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT), or Alternative Learning Education (ALE) graduates, or other recognized alternative educational system for High School equivalency, pre-qualified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), or those who passed the accreditation for Voc-Tec terminal course or courses that do not exceed six (6) months.

A number of students have also benefited from the voc-tech  scholarship during the first two years of the program.
Present during the distribution of certificates yesterday were Councilor Rudy Lim, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Education and Councilors Nonong Guingona and Lilia Nuno; City Human Resource Management Officer Erlina Sanchez and staff and Dr. Nora Ponce, president of the ZCSPC and Red Cross administrator Vic Liozo Jr.
The scholarship program is being implemented by the City Human Resource Management Office. — Sheila Covarrubias