BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Vice Governor Cris Garcia led the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in unanimously passing a resolution giving financial assistance to “poor but deserving” graduates who are residents of the province who are going to review for board and bar examinations.
The availing graduates who are Iskolar ng Bataan will get P5,000.00 financial assistance, and those who are not will get P3,000.00.
The SP during a regular session on Monday approved the resolution after satisfying questions for clarification from Board Member Aries Gaza.
“As long they are ‘poor but deserving’ graduates from Bataan, they are qualified for the financial assistance”, the vice governor who was coordinator of the provincial government’s Iskolar ng Bataan program for many years, said to her colleagues.
“We cannot say for sure that every graduate from expensive schools like Ateneo is wealthy, for all we know, he could have studied there merely by way of scholarship”, she pointed out.
“Actually, the provincial government through Gov. Abet [Garcia] is already giving financial assistance to the graduates who are requesting, but with the SP resolution its becoming a program and for COA requirement”, she also said.
Board Member Rey Ibe, SP chairman of the committee on education, who motioned for the approval of the resolution said, “We know that board reviews are done in different months of the year, this resolution is effective this year 2017”.
Vice Governor Garcia has vowed to back all the programs of the governor providing benefits to the residents of the province.