With the assistance of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Mayor Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy, City Councilors Stephany Uy-Tan and Teodoro Ilagan gave out schools supplies to 390 scholars from different barangays on July 5 at Barangay Silanga, Catbalogan City

The scholars came from San Vicente – 21; Old Mahayag – 34; New Mahayag – 29; Silanga – 65;Cabugawan – 28; San Roque – 32; Iguid – 43; Payao – 43; Pupua – 23;Estaka – 30; Palanyogon – four; Bangon – 12; Libas – three; Cagudalo – seven;Cagutian – six; Albalate – eight; and Cagusipan – two.

Each scholar received a brand new bag containing various notebooks, pad papers, and other supplies.

Apart from the said school supplies, each of the scholars received school uniform assistance of P1,000 cash and will receive a monthly educational allowance of P200 thereafter. This forms part of Mayor Tekwa’s Scholarship Program that has been implemented since he was elected 2004 up to the present; it aims to assist poor but deserving students who wish to finish their studies.

“Ha imo edukasyon, an pag-asenso han pamilya ikaw an paglaum (With your education, comes hope and progress for the family),” the slogan says for Tekwa scholars.

The slogan of the Scholarship Program of Mayor Tekwa describes the importance of education towards uplift from poverty and other
social issues faced by families and communities. In helping one scholar at a time, Mayor Tekwa believes that education can really be
the solution to the society’s crippling problems.

After the said turnover, City Councilors Maximo “Max” Pescos and Teodoro “Teddy” Ilagan assisted city Councilor Uy-Tan in giving out the same school supplies at the City Hall Lobby to the scholars from Barangay Basiao. Present during the
turnover was Virginia Tabon, barangay chair of Barangay Basiao.

Uy-Tan, being a strong advocate of education and youth empowerment along with Councilors Pescos and Ilagan who are equally
strong supporters of Mayor Tekwa’s Scholarship Program, believes in the power of education and knowledge to eradicate poverty and change lives.

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