Celso urges city’s 124 scholars: Study harder PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 June 2012 16:02

Mayor Celso Lobregat on Thursday urged this school year’s 124 academic scholars of the city government to study harder, stressing that they are the lucky beneficiaries among the many other students who applied but failed to meet the minimum requirements of the city’s scholarship program.

“Congratulations to all of you for having been chosen in the scholarship program of the city government. Actually, there were many who wanted to be scholars of the city, but for one reason or another they did qualify. So you are very much luck,” Lobregat told the 124 city government scholars during the orientation Thursday afternoon at City Hall conference room.

The number of scholars for school year 2012-2013 brought to 260 the total number of city government scholars since the scholarship program stared four years ago pursuant to City Ordinance No. 332.

Under the ordinance, the top 25 graduating students from any public secondary schools in the city are eligible for the city’s academic scholarship program. Scholars are entitled to P5,000 allowance each every semester or P10,000 per academic year, provided they are able to maintain a weighted grade average of 85% or its equivalent of 2.25.

Emmy delos Reyes of the City Human Resource and Management Office, who is in charge of the scholarship program, said that since the program started four years ago, the city government allocates at least 100 scholars every year.

“But, for this year, Mayor Lobreagat approved all the 125 qualified applicants. Por eso bien alegre gayod el mga bata y mga mayores,” delos Reyes said, even as she lamented that there those who went to her office to apply but could not be taken in due to lack of requirements. “We never rejected any applicants as long as they meet the requirements,” she pointed out.

Delos Reyes a cited a provision of Ordinance 332, which states that any scholars who do not finish his/her studies shall pay all the money received, except for reason of physical or mental disability, death, transfer or other circumstances beyond his/her control which will make him/her unable to continue his/her studies.

Of the 124 scholars this semester, 84 are enrolled at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), 30 at the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST), and 11 at the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC).

Also present during the scholarship orientation were the scholarship directors of the three partner-institutions, namely; Dr. Elena Fernandez of WMSU, Elaine Paragas of ZSCMST and Lilia Remoto of ZCSPC, together with City Human Resource and Management Officer Erlina Sanchez, her assistant Roderick Lucero, CHRMO staff and Atty. Eduard Fronda. — Vic Larato