Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has released another P1.5 million in funds as cash gift for indigent public elementary and high school students in the city.
Estrada distributed P5,000 cash each to 311 students, the latest batch of beneficiaries of the Educational Assistance Program that he started when he assumed office in 2013.
“Education is more important than material wealth. Education is everything. I want you to grow up as well-educated and responsible citizens. Who knows? Maybe one of you will become mayor in the future,” Estrada told the students during simple ceremonies at the Manila City Hall.
“You can spend this money to buy school supplies, uniforms, and whatever you need in school. I hope this would be enough to pay for all your school expenses,” he added.
Josephine Sison, a single mother of three, expressed her gratitude to Estrada. She said the P5,000 cash aid is a big help to support her children’s school needs.
Another parent, Rolando Santos, said the cash assistance is enough to buy his seventh child a new set of uniforms for the incoming second semester.
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