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Maasin City Alay Lakad movement helps OSYs pursue studies, sets "Walk for a Cause" this November

By R.G. Cadavos

Maasin City (November 9) -- At least 28 out-of-school and underprivileged youths are now studying at the Maasin City College (MCC), through the scholarship program of the Alay Lakad Movement here, City Social Welfare Office Focal Person on Youth Ariel Kirong reported to PIA.

The "Alay Lakad" scholars are enrolled in a four-year degree courses such as Bachelors' Degree in Social Work, Agriculture and Public Administration. Four of them are set to graduate this second semester, November ? March 2011, Kirong revealed.

Earlier, the Alay Lakad Movement already produced ten graduates studying at the College of Maasin (CM) who finished two-year vocational courses. The OSY scholars were allocated P2,000 per semester for their tuition fees, Kirong further added.

Meanwhile, Maasin City through the City Social Welfare Office sets November 19, as the "Alay Lakad" Day to be participated in by different local and national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, the youths and the public. It is a yearly nationwide activity to raise funds for scholarships, and other various programs and projects to alleviate the out-of-school youths situation.

This year's theme is dubbed as "Hakbang sa Pagbabago, Alay sa Kabataang Pilipino." The walk around the city proper will start at around 3:00 in the afternoon, to be followed by a short program and a raffle draw of raffle tickets will be drawn afterwards with only P1.00 per ticket. While, prizes are listed as follows: washing machine, DVD player and an electric fan for the first, second and third placers, respectively.

Started in 1972, Alay Lakad was declared through Presidential Proclamation # 168 in order to increase public awareness on the plight of the increasing number of out-of-school youths in the country and the right to education and to stay in school is a basic and primary right. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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