A total of 87 elementary and high school street children were given educational assistance at City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Gym June 27.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III, along with CSWD Officer Gene Garingalo and Focal Person for Youth Merlyn Gison, led the distribution of P1,700 educational allowance each to the beneficiaries which covers first quarter of this year.

“As early as now, you must realize how valuable education is. It will be your key in achieving something which can change your life in the future. The City Government is just here to support you with your needs,” Espinosa said.

“All you have to do is to study harder, be responsible students, practice everything you have learned in school, and someday prove to the world that poverty is never a hindrance to success,” he stressed.

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There were 19 student recipients from Arevalo; 14 each from Jaro, La Paz and Lapuz, Molo, and Mandurriao districts; and 12 from City Proper.

Jean Aubrey Garin, Grade 11 student of Iloilo City National High School, thanked the City Government for the help.

“I started receiving educational aid since I was in Grade 6. For five years now, this program of the City Government helped me a lot especially with my daily allowance. I feel so thankful for I’ve been chosen to be one of the scholars,” Garin said.

KCA Rodriguez, Grade 6 at A. Montes Elementary School, said the amount will be used for school activities and projects.

“This opportunity means a lot to me since my parents have limited source of income. Because of the financial help, I don’t have to ask money from them for school,” she added.

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Gison said the initiative which is part of community-based street children program will increase the chance of the students to continue with their education despite financial issues.

“The initiative gives our scholars resources to pay for miscellaneous fees and other school projects. Because of this, there will be more reasons for them to focus on their studies. We will continue to support them until they finish college,” she added. (Thessalonia Ordales/Iloilo City PIO)

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