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CAGAYAN de Oro City 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and the regional social welfare and development department (DSWD-10) worked together to distribute much-needed educational assistance to poor college students, amounting to P400,000.
The financial aid is customized for each student, from P5,000 to P10,000, depending on their individual needs.
This funding was made possible through the budget allocation of Representative Rodriguez within the DSWD-10.
These sixty-three student beneficiaries, who come from various barangays in Cagayan de Oro city, rely on financial support for enrollment fees, tuition, uniforms, and other educational needs.
Giving their choice as recipients for their strength and determination, Atty. Regine Rodriguez, Chief-of-Staff of Rep. Rodriguez, explained that those students worked hard to send a request letter to the congressman.
During the distribution event, Rodriguez emphasized the importance of using the grant only for educational expenses.
“Make sure the money you receive is actually used for its intended purpose – to help pay your tuition and other school fees,” said Rodriguez.
To motivate the students, he shared success stories from his former Kagay-anon scholars who have become professionals, such as engineers, doctors, and managers, who attended prestigious universities such as the University of the Philippines (UP).
In addition, Rodriguez encouraged the students to give back to their communities and support their families once they have established themselves.
He encouraged them to be teachers for future generations by sponsoring their own future scholars, whether they are siblings, relatives, or neighbors.
Attending the event, DSWD Regional Director Ramel Jamen expressed his agency’s commitment to work with the 2nd District Congressional Office to expand their services and help more deserving beneficiaries.
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