5,800 Laoag students empowered thru education

LAOAG CITY, Sept 8 (PIA) — Indigent students from Laoag City in Ilocos Norte can continue with their education through a scholarship program of its local chief executive and private citizens.

The “Iskolar ni MVF” scholarship program started in school year 2004-2005, where Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Chevylle Farinas, with the help of private donors, shoulder the education expenses of students.

This year, 5,861 students were sent to 33 elementary schools and five high schools in Laoag City and several colleges in Ilocos Norte, Baguio, and Manila. They are apart from the city scholars funded by the local government.

In his speech during the awarding awarding of Iskolar ni MVF at the city hall auditorium on August 31, Farinas said this is a way to empower the children and the people of the city.

“I believe in the saying that ‘your reputation precedes you.’ And the reputation of Laoag precedes all of us. That is why we would like to empower our children by giving them good education,” the mayor said.

The city chief executive explained that what differentiates this Iskolar ni MVF program from other scholarship programs is that they do not require their students to be extraordinary or maintain a certain average. He said this is for everyone in Laoag, especially the poor, to have an education.

Chevylle Farinas, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude to teachers as well as the students as they serve as inspiration to continue to help others and empower the people.

The ABC president also challenged recipients to likewise share their blessings someday by also helping a child go to school.

Grade 5 student Christian Corpuz and his classmates Jose dela Cruz and John Lloyd Andres were very happy to be a recipient of the Iskolar ni MVF this year.

“I thank the Mayor and Ma’am Chevyll. I promise to study well,” Corpuz, who wants to be a civil engineer someday, said. (ANL/CPC/PIA 1-Ilocos Norte)

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