Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto announced that students in his city will receive an allowance of Php500 per month, even if all their grades are 75 as long as they don’t have a failing mark.
Last November 4, Sotto attended the Pasig City Scholars General Assembly batch 3 where he announced that there are 18,000 scholars this school year.
“The next leaders of Pasig are here. Maybe the next councilor or next mayor!” the young mayor happily declared.
Under the Pasig City Scholarship Program, students in the city who have been residents for at least 5 years are entitled to avail of a monthly stipend as long as they meet the academic requirements. The students should have no final subject average below 80, no “failed,” or “dropped” or “incomplete” mark. Moreover, the student should have an average of at least 85.
Photo credit: Vico Sotto / Twitter
But even those who did not reach the cut off are still entitled to a monthly allowance, thanks to the CHIP-IN program. Sotto explained that this will help the students who are actually trying their best in school but are unable to maintain good grades due to a number of reasons.
“Para sa mga ‘di umaabot sa grade requirements, puwedeng mag-apply sa CHIP-IN. 500/month din ito, kahit puro 75 basta walang bagsak,” Mayor Sotto announced.
“May mga iba masisipag pero nag-aalaga ng magulang/kamag-anak, may trabaho, o ‘di ganoon kagaling sa academics. Deserving din sila.”
Para sa mga di umaabot sa grade requirements, puwedeng mag-apply sa CHIP-IN.. 500/month din ito, kahit puro 75 basta walang bagsak..
(May mga iba masisipag pero nag-aalaga ng magulang/kamag-anak, may trabaho, o di ganun kagaling sa academics. Deserving din sila.)
— Vico Sotto (@VicoSotto) November 4, 2020
Sotto’s post earned him admiration from netizens who were happy that the mayor is thinking of all the students’ welfare, even if they don’t have high grades.
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“Epitome of ‘no student left behind’,” one netizen wrote, referring to the “No Filipino Child Left Behind Act of 2010”.
“Solid scholarships, kahit passing grades pwede na,” another wrote with heart emojis.
After receiving these praises, however, Sotto announced that the public should not thank him because the money being used in the project isn’t his but from the taxpayers.