DSWD gives P3.6-M school aid to Cotabato
FRANZ R. SUMANGIL
The Manila Times
A TOTAL of P3.6 million worth of education assistance was distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 12 (Soccsksargen) to the towns of M’lang and Alamada in North Cotabato. Students in M’lang on Wednesday, September 21, received about P2,152,000 worth of educational aid for crisis situations. Bella Jane Solis, M’lang municipal social welfare and development officer, said at least 600 beneficiaries from 37 villages in the municipality got the financial aid. Beneficiaries with student relatives in elementary school and high school received P1,000 and P2,000, respectively. Moreover, students in senior high school and college were given P3,000 and P4,000, respectively. Joemar Cerebo, North Cotabato third district board member, said in his speech as representative of Gov. Emmylou Mendoza that education is the top priority of the provincial administration. Cerebo expressed his gratitude to DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo and newly appointed DSWD-2 Regional Director Loreto Cabaya, a former Cotabato board member, for their support to the educational sector in the region. He reminded the beneficiaries to spend the financial aid properly and ensure that the money will go to the welfare of the students. In Alamada, DSWD-12 also distributed educational assistance to local beneficiaries on Tuesday, September 20. About 920 students in the municipality received a total of P1,547,000 in assistance. Cabaya led the distribution of the cash assistance in a local village basketball court in Alamada that was also graced by Mendoza.