Celso lauds Binay for scholarship grants to Zambo City students PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2011 17:37

Mayor Celso Lobregat has expressed appreciation for the support and assistance that Vice President Jejomar Binay gives to poor but deserving Zamboangueño students enrolled in two state colleges in the city.

“I thank you on behalf of the people of Zamboanga, on behalf of these students and the entire ZSCMST community. These educational grants are surely a great help for these young students in pursuing their dreams. I hope you would continue to bestow educational grants to other deserving Zamboanguenos”, Mayor Lobregat told Vice President Binay during the latter’s courtesy visit to the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) Wednesday afternoon.

Binay has 10 scholars at the ZSCMST and another 10 scholars at the Zamboanga State Polytechnic College where he also visited Thursday noon.
The mayor stressed that each and every Filipino has the right to education and that each one should be in school where one can learn the tools needed to better oneself and his chances to a more promising future.

“But not every Filipino can afford to send themselves to school. Not everyone has the financial resources needed to stay in school. This is why education has become a privilege. When such a privilege is bestowed, it should be considered a gift – precious and priceless,” he said adding that his administration likewise recognizes the need to give poor but deserving Zamboangueno students an opportunity to continue formal education.

The city government has been implementing City Ordinance 332 to provide students the means to pursue higher education.  This year, the city has a total of 110 scholars studying at the Western Mindanao State University, the ZSCMST and the ZSPC.

On the other hand, the mayor said, scholarship grants do not entitle a person to a degree but only make it possible for the student to work towards that degree. “Whether you earn it or not depends on how hard you will work for it.”

He cited Vice President Binay as an epitome of success born out of hard work and perseverance. He urged the students to emulate the examples of the vice president who supported himself and surmounted various challenges.

The initiatives that Vice President Binay has taken towards the education of our young through scholarships and other undertakings including his efforts in housing as well as to save Filipinos sentenced to die abroad have been widely acknowledged, according to the mayor and proof of this is the high trust and appreciation ratings that he got in the March 2011 Pulse Asia survey. 

“Vice President Binay, Zamboanga City and its residents have been blessed by your good projects and programs and we are most grateful for your initiatives and reforms which are intended to improve the lot of our constituents,” the chief executive stressed.

The vice president’s visit to the ZSCMST also gave him the opportunity to meet with his 10 scholars. It was also attended by local government officials from various provinces and municipalities in the region including officials from the office of the Vice President.

ZSCMST President Milavel Nazario introduced Vice President Binay during a short program.
Meanwhile, the vice president also met with his 10 scholars enrolled at the ZSPC noontime yesterday. Dr. Nora Ponce, ZSPC president welcomed Binay to the campus during the program which was also graced by Mayor Lobregat and other LGU officials from other areas in the region. The mayor introduced the vice president. — Sheila Covarrubias