PARAÑAQUE CITY – The Parañaque City has earmarked P300 million this year to give monthly allowance to public high school students in the city, a report by Manila Bulletin said.
Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez announced Sunday that about 48,000 junior and senior public high school students will receive an allowance of P500 per month or P5,000 a year.
They will receive their allowance if they attend at least 80 percent of their classes for this school years, to be monitored by their teachers.
“Aside from free tuition fee in the city’s public high school, all high school students will be receiving cash allowance starting this school year 2019-2020. Students will now have no reason to miss school,” Olivarez said.
This is governed by an ordinance approved by the city council last year wherein students from Grade 7 to 12 within the city’s territorial jurisdiction and those listed in the listed in the Department of Education (DepEd) rooster will benefit from the “special allowance” program.
The objective of providing allowance is to encourage students to continue schooling by removing all possible financial constraints, as well as augment their expenses for them to explore and succeed in their studies.
Eligible students can withdraw their allowance from an automated teller machine or ATM card to be distributed by Olivarez himself, along with city councilors and school officials, during a simple program this week. JL | LON