City Funds 750 MBTF Scholars

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.

From 50 students in 2013, the city government is now supporting 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.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez signed a memorandum of agreement with the heads of (from upper right and clockwise) University of Pangasinan, PIMSAT Colleges Dagupan, Kingfisher School of Business and Finance, and Lyceum Northwestern University for the scholarship program.

“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)