The Siquijor provincial government headed by Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon and Siquijor Isolated District representative Jake Vincent Villa has launched its education assistance program for 3,287 students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Villa and Quezon led the education assistance program with representatives from the Department of Social Protection and Development (DSWD).
“Through our education assistance program, we hope to help elementary and secondary school students with additional means to get what they need for their studies,” Villa said.
Villa said that the families of primary school students received P 1,000 while the families of high school students received P 2,000.
The amount is intended for the educational needs of the students, such as school supplies, books and internet load.
According to Villa, a total of 13.374 million pesos has been allocated to 9,043 students who constitute the first batch of the program.
“We in the provincial government believe in protecting the health of our learners and educators. But apart from that, we also need to find ways to ensure that learning continues and that Siquijor students receive a quality education amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ”Villa said.
He also thanked the DSWD and other stakeholders for helping the provincial government to implement the said program.
“It has been a difficult time for our education system, but the provincial government of Siquijor remains committed to working with different stakeholders to promote programs that will uphold the right of every child to education,” added the incumbent Siquijor solon. (Melvin Sarangay)
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