SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Ancient – Two candidates for vice-governor of Antique province promised on Tuesday to increase the budget for education aid for poor students if they win the elections on May 9, 2022.
Re-elected Vice Governor Edgar Denosta, who is seeking his third and final term, said at the Candidates’ Forum at the Barbaza Cooperative Building in San Jose de Buenavista that he would work to double the budget to help more students.
“Ancient Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao (his running mate) and I had previously discussed that we would work to double the education aid budget so that undergraduate students if they now receive PHP 5,000 will already receive PHP 10,000 per semester,” he said.
Denosta added that graduate students receiving PHP 6,000 per semester will receive double per semester.
The vice governor said that at the request of Cadiao, educational assistance began in 2016 to help students with the purchase of their books and other school needs.
Meanwhile, Provincial Council member Vincent Piccio III, already in his final term, said he also supports the provision of education aid.
However, he wants the aid to be paid directly to the school where the pupil is enrolled rather than in the current system where pupils receive the amount according to the release schedule given to them by the Provincial Youth Office. and Development (PYDO) which manages the program. .
The officer in charge of the PYDO, Irishman Mae Manlapaz, said on Monday that they had already given education aid to 21,741 undergraduate and graduate students from February 14 to March 24 this year for a amount of PHP 109,312,000.
Only 528 remaining Antiqueño students have yet to receive due to the election ban, she said in an interview.
The amount released for education assistance was for the first semester of 2021-2022.
The forum was sponsored by local Antique media along with the Elections Commission (Comelec) and the Antique Provincial Police Office (APPO). (NAP)