City scholars graduate with honors PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:56

The city government’s education programs continue to gain traction as forty-three (43) of the city’s scholars successfully earned their respective degree from the Western Mindanao State University last March.

Elson Ledesma led the pack with a total of four academic recognition and special awards. The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication graduate has earned a Magna Cum Laude for his exemplary academic performance, gold medals for journalism and oratorical/elocution/debate as well as Leadership and Service Award certificates.

Six other scholars earned Cum Laude status: Mary Joy Gaganting (Bachelor in Elementary Education), Romnick Salih (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), Clarisse Tubog (Bachelor of Science in Biology), Entizar Ibrahim, Darlene Sanchez and Rosevin Joy Solis (Bachelor in Secondary Education).

Nursing students Mark Rollan Ancheta and Donfel Sanglay received a Service Award while Glenn Jone Baaco (BA in Filipino) was recipient of a Leadership Award. Louis Corpus II (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics) was conferred both Leadership and Service Awards.

The Lobregat administration has put premium on the education of the Zamboangueño youth. Since improving the city’s financial condition, the local government has taken proactive steps to help address education woes in Zamboanga.

For one, the city has launched a massive school building program to decongest classrooms. The program has since earned praises from the Department of Education.

Access to education has also been improved through the establishment of new schools in remote barangays, bringing education much closer to students.

The city’s investment in education has reached a total of P1.3 billion from 2007 to 2012.

With the passage of City Ordinance No. 332 in 2008, a scholarship program was established to give poor but deserving students the opportunity to continue their academic pursuits in any of the state university and colleges (SUC) in the city.

Under the ordinance, the top 25 graduating students of any public secondary schools in the city may apply for a scholarship grant at the City Human Resource and Management Office.

Each scholar is entitled to a P5,000 educational aid every semester and must maintain a weighted grade average of 85 percent or its grade point equivalent.

As of Academic Year 2012-2013, the city’s scholarship program benefits 260 scholars. — Claudine Uniana