P500 monthly allowance for Parañaque high school students starts this June 2019

P500 monthly allowance for Parañaque high school students starts this June 2019

By Kristelle Bechayda

Junior and senior public high school students of Parañaque City will receive P500 per month, or P5,000 annually, starting this June.

According to city mayor Edwin Olivarez, P300 million have been allocated for the monthly allowance of 48,000 deserving high school students this year after the city council approved an ordinance for this purpose on 2018.

He said the allowance is a means to address the financial constraints that may be discouraging students from attending school and also to help pay for their expenses.

The subsidy, he added, is not just for financial assistance but will also help the students learn more about money management.

Who are qualified?

On his Facebook page, Olivarez posted the announcement on the financial subsidy, which covers students from grade seven to 12, with the following qualifications:

1. Students must be a resident of the City of Parañaque where at least one parent/guardian must be a registered voter of the city.

2. Parents or guardians must possess valid government issued ID or voter’s ID.

3. The student must attend at least eighty percent (80%) of the total required school days per month.

4. The student shall maintain good moral character in the school premises all the time and maintain a passing grade in conduct.

The Department of Education (DepEd) will submit the list of qualified students to the city government.

Qualified students will receive their monthly allowance through an automated teller machine or ATM card, which will be distributed to students in their respective school campuses during a program this week. This is according to public information chief Mar Jimenez.

“Aside from free tuition fee in the city’s public high school, all high school students will be receiving cash allowance starting this school year 2019-2020. Students will now have no reason to miss school,” according to Olivarez.

The allowance will be given out starting this month, with the teachers in charge of monitoring the students’ attendance.

A portion of this story has been published in Manila Bulletin.