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Defensor eyes P1k weekly allowance for poor college students

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Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor is eyeing a P1,000 weekly allowance for poor college students of Quezon City to increase their chance of finishing their baccalaureate degree.

Defensor made the statement as he lamented that only less than 20% of the population of Quezon City were able to finish baccalaureate degree courses.

While the tuition in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) is free, Defensor said a lot of students still opt to drop out from school due to financial difficulties.

“Para may pamasahe at pambaon, P1,000 kada linggo, P50,000 kada taon para sa mahirap na college student ng Quezon City,” said Defensor during his recent visit at the Nova Food Park.

Defensor narrated that three of his house helpers were able to graduate in college while working in their house.

“Yung isang naunang boy namin kinausap ako. Sabi niya sir pwede ba kong mag-aral? Sabi ko sige mag-aral ka. Papaano ho yung trabaho ko dito sa bahay, sabi ko wag mo intindihin. Tumulong ka sa umaga, pumasok ka, tumulong ka sa hapon mag-aral ka,” Defensor said.

Defensor continued: “Nag-aral sa TIP, gumraduate, nagbiyahe pang abroad. Ngayon ho may sarili na siyang kotse, may sariling bahay, tumutulong sa kanyang pamilya, pinag-aaral ang kanyang mga kapatid.”

He said education is important because it can change the status of ones life and family.

“Bakit ko po nakwento yan, kasi alam ko na tanging edukasyon lamang ang pwede kong itulong sa kanila para magbago ang takbo ng kanilang buhay. Para magkaroon ng pag-unlad ang kanilang pamilya,” he added.

Defensor said the local government of Quezon City is capable to helping its poor students especially with its annual budget that is the biggest among the cities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Quezon City government has P28.7 billion budget for this year far from Makati City’s P18 billion or Pasig City’s P12 billion. Makati and Pasig have been lauded for providing better medical and educational assistance to its poor residents.