NAGA, Zamboanga Sibugay, –- The provincial government on Wednesday distributed educational funds assistance (EFA) to 1,622 indigent students on efforts to strengthen the education program under administration of Governor Wilter Palma.
The beneficiaries are indigent students from 12 barangays in this town and from the nearby municipality of Payao.
“The provincial government wanted to have a lot of underprivileged student to become beneficiaries in the educational assistance program,” said Executive Assistant IV Feliciano Arambala, who led the distribution of the EFA to the 1,622 students in the town of Payao and Naga.
Arambala said one the Palma’s trust is to increase the standard of living and literacy of the poor students who struggled for studies in order to realize their dreams.
The beneficiaries comprises primary, elementary pupils, secondary and tertiary students.
Arambala said provincial government has allocated PhP20 million for the implementation of the program for school year 2016-2017.
“Now, it is not the reason why your children cannot go to schools because you don’t have rice to cook,” Arambala told the beneficiaries in Barangay Nanan, Payao town.
He said the provincial government is almost done in the distribution of the EFA covering the school year 2016-2017.
Rosalie S. Palaisbo, 34, a mother of eight children in Barangay Mountain View, Payao, expressed her heartfelt thanks to Palma when she received the EFA.
Palaisbo said three out of her eight children, who are enrolled in elementary, are beneficiaries of the EFA program.
“This is a big help for the studies of my three children and my family,” Palaisbo said whose husband is a laborer in a charcoal firm in Payao.
Antonio Cabrera, chairperson of Barangay Bulawan, Payao, is also thankful to Palma and hopes the governor would continue the program until the end of his term in office.
“I’m hoping that Gov. Palma will continue this program (EFA) because it means a lot of help to the underprivileged students especially to the parents,” he said.
Palma, who is the third governor of this province, initiated the program last year.
The 12-year old province comprises 16 municipalities, organized into two congressional districts and further subdivided into 400 barangays. (PNA)
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