By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
Qualified students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Unibersidad de Manila will receive an allowance of P1,000 from the city government for their education, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced late Tuesday.
Grade 12 students from public schools can also receive P500 monthly allowance, the local chief executive said.
Domagoso led the initial distribution of the student allowance under the city government’s Social Amelioration program in partnership with GCash on Tuesday.
The allowance will be automatically credited to the students’ registered GCash account.
“Mayroon kayong pandagdag, pantustos, gamitin n’yo ito sa talagang pangangailangan n’yo, tungo sa pag-aaral (You now have additional money to augment your needs towards education),” the city mayor said. “All you have to do now is to excel in your field of undertaking.”
Domagoso added that the project was made possible due to taxpayers’ money.
“Tandaan ninyo, ang nagpapa-aral sa inyo ay taumbayan (Remember that the public is funding your education). You owe it to the people of Manila. You don’t owe it to me. We politicians come and go, but the institution will stay. Always bear that in mind,” he said.