26 Jul CdeO Council extends city scholarship program to students affected by government projects
In an article from Sunstar.com, the city council of Cagayan de Oro passed an ordinance last Monday, July 24, which extends the City College Scholarship Program (CCSP) to college students whose families were affected by government-led projects.
The ordinance was passed after calls seeking the expansion of the scholarship program to marginalized citizens of the city who are affected by the implementation of several government projects were taken into account. Government projects such as the closure of the Zayas Landfill wherein waste-pickers around the area lost their source of income to support their families is one of the reasons for the immediate implementation of the ordinance.
Under the previous ordinance, high school graduates are the only ones who will be eligible to avail of the scholarship program which means those who are already enrolled in college are not covered.
City Councilor Suzette Magtajas-Daba, chairperson of the committee on education, said that eight 3rd year and 4th-year college students who are sons and daughters of former waste-pickers are given the chance to avail of the amended program.
City Councilor Edna Dahino, chairperson of the committee on finance, is now looking to adding more scholars of the city government through an augmentation of scholarship funds since there are still many potentially gifted students who are not able to enroll in college because of financial difficulty.
Scholars under the program are receiving P1,000 to P1,500 monthly. The city government also shoulders the tuition fee of the scholars within the duration of their scholarship grant.
To date, there are over 400 scholars under the scholarship program.