Mandaue public senior high grads to get P2K assistance

CEBU. Mandaue City Councilor Marie Immaline Cortes-Zafra.
CEBU. Mandaue City Councilor Marie Immaline Cortes-Zafra.Screenshot from SunStar video

IT IS a happy occasion for the recent senior high school graduates in Mandaue City, as the City Government will provide P2,000 educational assistance to each of them.

City Councilor Marie Immaline Cortes-Zafra said only graduates from public senior high schools are eligible to receive the assistance. They must submit all required documents, including a certificate of enrollment and a photocopy of their IDs, to their school.

Once the schools collect all the requirements, they must submit them to the City.

Zafra said since the students are still complying with the requirements, there is no definite number of recipients or a set distribution date for the financial assistance yet.

She added that they are still deciding whether to distribute the assistance on a school-by-school basis or all at once.

Mandaue City has around 20 public high schools, with around 3,500 senior high school students. This translates to a funding allocation of about P7 million for educational assistance.

The City Social Welfare Services is the office overseeing the assistance program.

Zafra said Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes saw it fit to provide assistance to the graduates to encourage further diligence in their studies.

Meanwhile, Warren Cortes, a fresh graduate of senior high school in Barangay Maguikay expressed to SunStar Cebu his anticipation for the P2,000 educational assistance.

“Ang 70 percent sa assistance kay ako i-save; unya, ang 30 percent ato kay ako i-gasto pangpalit bag-ong sanina, sapatos ug pang bakasyon,” Cortes said.

(Seventy percent of the assistance I will save, and the remaining thirty percent I will spend on buying new clothes, shoes and for a vacation.)

Cortes is among the students who already submitted the required documents.

Cortes expressed gratitude to the mayor for leading this initiative, as it will help them recover some of the expenses incurred during their studies.

He said he hopes that the assistance will be distributed fairly and promptly.

Likewise, Rhienwell Ybañez, a fresh graduate from Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School, said once he receives the money, he plans to make good use of it.

“I’ll give half to my parents as a small help, and I’ll use the other half to treat myself as a reward and to cover the costs of obtaining the requirements for job applications,” said Ybanez in Cebuano.

All schools in Mandaue City held their graduation ceremonies for this school year in May. / CAV

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