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Candaba provides aid to students’ education under new normal

CANDABA -- The Municipal government of Candaba has supported the education of students despite the current pandemic.

In an interview, Vice Mayor Michael Sagum said about 700 college enrollees of Don Honorio Ventura State University-Candaba campus were given tablets, uniforms and other assistance for blended learning.

“One of the priority projects of our municipal government is education. We are so glad that in less than a year, we were able to put up a state university which aided in the continuation of our project for education even at this time of pandemic. I am truly thankful that even at this crisis, the university is still operational, and we could cater such number of students,” he said.

He added that 1,050 college students in public and private schools were beneficiaries of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of Department of Labor and Employment.

These scholars received a cash aid amounting to PhP9,000, with 60 percent of the fund comingfrom the municipal government.

“Municipal government officials of Candaba pushed for the SPES program to provide temporary employment for the youth to pursue their education. We had to adapt with the new normal, so we had our beneficiaries do backyard gardening for them to produce vegetables, with theseedlings given by the Municipal Agriculture Office,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sagum reported that the municipal government allotted PhP1.6 million worth of bond papers to be used for the printing of modules for primary and secondary schools in the town.

Four risograph machines were also distributed to different schools.

“The problem that we have now is the internet. Our municipality does not really have a stable connection. We are improving it as of now,” he stressed. (PIA)


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