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CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Rolando “Klarex” Uy recognized the urgent need to improve the lives of out-of-school youth in the city.
Understanding that they are very vulnerable to the dangers of illegal drugs and petty crimes, Mayor Uy launched a unique initiative.
“To combat these social challenges and empower the youth, the administration of Mayor Uy introduced a groundbreaking scholarship program,” said the chief of staff of the City Mayor’s Office, Shiela Lumbatan.
This program according to Lumbatan aims to provide educational opportunities and economic stability to the out-of-school youth, giving them a chance to shape their future.
“Under the dedicated leadership of Mayor Klarex, this visionary program has helped countless young people escape the clutches of illegal drugs and petty crimes,” said Lumbatan.
The scholarship program is unique in its focus on the emerging coffee industry.
It offers specialized training in coffee roasting and espresso machine repair, equipping participants with valuable skills that are in high demand.
The goal is not only to empower them to find a good job but also to develop the passion for the art of coffee, said Lumbatan.
Residents of Cagayan de Oro between the ages of 15 and 24, who are unemployed and have not been enrolled in any educational institution for the past six months, are invited to apply.
The program covers all expenses, including tuition fees, daily allowance, instructional materials, and access to state-of-the-art roasting and espresso machines.
To apply, interested individuals must provide a photocopy of their birth certificate and three 1×1 ID photos.
They were directed to submit their documents to the Oro Youth Development Office.
To help them in the application process, Mayor Uy’s team also provided a contact number for further questions.
The scholarship opportunity was made possible through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Opportunity 2.0 Youth Scholarship initiative, Lumbatan emphasized.
He said this partnership ensures that the program has the necessary resources and expertise to make a lasting impact on out-of-school youth in Cagayan de Oro.
“Giving them education, skills, and economic opportunities, changes their lives and creates a brighter future for community giving,” said Lumbatan.
The unwavering commitment of Mayor Uy for the welfare of the out-of-school youth, Cagayan de Oro has become a shining example of how a community can come together to build a better society, he added.
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