As a humanitarian response to fill critical gaps and provide for the educational needs of displaced students of Marawi City, the Muntinlupa City government is extending scholarship grants to residents of the war-torn city amounting to P5 million.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi turned over the scholarship fund donation to Marawi City Treasurer Anggay Abdullah on Monday.
The mayor also vowed to donate P5 million to the scholarship fund every year to Marawi for five years.
Joining the mayor were Councilor Stephanie Teves, members of Muntinlupa Finance Committee, Muntinlupa City Muslim Affairs Officer Johnny Guiling, and Muntinlupa Scholarhsip Program acting head Alvin Veron.
Fresnedi said Muntinlupa commits its full-pledged support to the rehabilitation of the war-stricken city to enable them to recover from the strife-torn situation and to uplift the living condition of internally displaced persons (IDPS) of Marawi City.
MSP acting head Alvin Veron said the scholarship fund would cater to around 2,000 Marawi scholars for the first batch of screening. The Marawi city Government has crafted a counterpart ordinance on their scholarship program patterned from Muntinlupa.
The Marawi government shall lead the processing of scholarship application in the city, Veron said.
Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra expressed his utmost thanks to Fresnedi and the City Government of Muntinlupa.
The Department of Education declared around 22,000 students and 2,205 teachers were among those who were affected by the Marawi Siege.
According to reports, more than 2,000 displaced students from Marawi were accommodated by public schools in and outside of Mindanao.
Before the educational aid, Muntinlupa gave P2 million for the rehabilitation of the city and participated in the Diskwento Caravan relief mission of the Department of Trade and Industry.
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