SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—Education is the resilient foundation and key for a healthier, stronger, and progressive community.
This was the message of Mayor Edwin D. Santiago to 2,000 Fernandino youth who continue to receive financial assistance from the city government for their studies.
Santiago, who presided over the giving of financial assistance worth P10 million to the regular college students, said it was the government’s obligation to help the youth in their education, so they can develop their identity and be a contributing factor in the development of the community and society.
An educated and cultured person values the importance of diligence and hard work over instant gratification, which is the main problem of governance nowadays, Santiago added.
“This is the root cause of problems we are facing today including graft and corruption and greed which has become pandemic in the country,” he said.
Santiago stressed to the students that the only way to get to the top is through diligence, perseverance and hard work through education.
The ceremony, which was also attended by the parents and guardians held at the city hall annex, had about 2,000 college students receiving their financial assistance of P5,000 each for their last semester of the school year.
Santiago said of the 2,000 students, roughly 500 students are receiving free tuition fees as provided for under the Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Education Tertiary Act.
These students enrolled in the different universities and colleges in the region were also given P5,000 as additional expenses for food, fare, and other expenses during the same school year, he said.
Under the act, this component city is among the 78 local universities and colleges in the country who provide free tuition and other financial benefits to students under the universal access to education program.
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