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No more ‘palakasan’: Vico Sotto shares reforms made to Pasig’s scholarship program

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Students in Pasig City no longer need to cozy up to local politikos to get much needed scholarships to schools in the city.

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto shared the reforms he instituted in the scholarship program to ensure deserving students benefit from it.

In a Facebook post chronicling the 11th day of his campaign, Sotto said the “points system” for getting the scholarship has been removed. The application process has also been streamlined.

“Basta pasok sa income bracket, ranking system ito base sa grades para maiwasan ang palakasan. Kung may dalawang estudyante na nangangailangan, siyempre ibibigay ang slot sa mas mataas ang grades. Pero meron din tayong non-academic, sports at arts & design scholars,” he said.

The scholarship program’s name has also been changed to the “Pasig City Scholarship Program” to remove any hint of patronage politics.

Sotto said he aims to increase the number of scholars from the current 20,000 each year.

“Laging tandaan na wala kayong utang na loob kahit kanino (lalo na sa politiko) dahil pera ito ng taumbayan,” he told scholars.