While June 5, 2017 was a cheery day that marked the nationwide start of classes in the Philippines, there remained a percent of the population that could not afford to go to school. The same is true in Dagupan City.
This was changed, however, when another batch of college students was granted scholarships by the city government. This means that these students, for whom getting a bachelor’s degree was a luxury, were given the chance to pursue their dreams, beginning on the first Monday of that month.
There is at least 150 times more scholars now since the first year of the launching of the city’s MBTF scholarship program. In 2013, the city only started with 50 students. Now there are a total of 750 scholars.
Each beneficiary receives Php 10,000 per semester until they graduate. In addition to this financial support, graduates are given a promising future, with the assured assistance of the Public Employment and Services Office (PESO).
The city set aside Php 15 million pesos for scholarships, the highest allocation ever for the said program.
“We are not just helping them earn a degree in college, but we would like to also assure that they find employment once they graduate so they can help the other members of their family,” said City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.
The city’s partner for the scholarship program include Kingfisher School of Business and Finance, University of Pangasinan, Lyceum Northwestern University, and PIMSAT Colleges Dagupan, producing 129 graduates last year.
“My only plea to them [is to] study hard finish college and help their parents, brothers and sisters. Always look back where they came from. I have the same wish like their parents a better life for them,” Fernandez said in an earlier post. (CIO/Zarena Amado)