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Davao City 2nd district allots P4M for college education

Davao City (12 June) -- The office of the second congressional district of Davao City has earmarked over P4 million for college education.

The amount will cover the tuition and other school-related spending of about 972 scholars taking undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) for the first semester of school-year 2009-2010.

"We continue our legacy of providing access to quality college education to underprivileged but deserving students," Second district Representative Vincent Garcia said.

The scholars are enrolled in various courses in the field of Engineering, education, technology, arts and sciences. While most graduate courses are in the colleges of education (CED), and Governance, Business and Economics (CGBE).

"We cannot doubt the standards (of USEP) and the quality of graduates here, it being among the leading state universities in the country," said Rep. Garcia.

In 2001, the office of the lawmaker forged a Memorandum of Agreement with the university to cater identified scholars from the second district.

Students were able to avail of the scholarship grant through the written endorsement of their respective barangay captain.

The scholarship program of Rep. Garcia can be traced back to the political stint of his father Hon. Manuel M. Garcia, which preceded the young Garcia as representative in the second district of the city.

Last April 2009, at least 102 scholars were able to finish college education through the program in this university.

Aside from free college education, Garcia also supported a number of livelihood trainings in barangays within the district to help women, fisherfolk, farmers and other people's organization alternatove sources of income. His office also supports technical training as he gives counterpart for the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship (PGS), a program under Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). (Office of 2nd Dist./pr) [top]

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