ABOUT 1,600 old and new grantees of the Tulong Dunong Program in the Third District of Negros Occidental attended an orientation and dialogue with Representative Alfredo Benitez on Saturday, September 9, at Silay City Plaza covered court.
Tulong Dunong scholarship is being initiated by Benitez in coordination with the Commission on Higher Education (Ched)-Western Visayas represented during the activity by Cristy Laurente, on behalf of Regional Director Cesar Medina, and supervisor Ma. Karen Catalina Zaldivar.
Silay City Mark Golez welcomed the guests and participants.
Benitez reminded the grantees to study seriously, graduate, and join the mainstream of productive citizens of the country.
He also gave an update on the legislative initiatives to help strengthen the education system, including the implementation of free tuition in state universities and colleges next year, and the installation of Wi-Fi facilities in public areas around the country.
Melina Monecillo of Barangay Lantad in Silay City, mother of beneficiary Angel Monecillo, thanked Benitez for the opportunity that enabled her daughter to graduate cum laude in Criminology from the STI West Negros University in 2015.
Monecillo is one of the more than 7,000 students from the Third District who finished college through the Tulong Dunong since Benitez’s first term that started in 2010.
Also present to be updated on the 2017 financial assistance guidelines were the scholarship program coordinators of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City; Central Philippines State University and Colegio de Sta. Ana in Victorias City; Silay Institute; University of St. La Salle, Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod, Bacolod City College and STI WNU in Bacolod City; and Bago City College.