As a humanitarian response to fill-in the critical gaps and provide for the educational needs of displaced students of Marawi City, the local government is extending scholarship grants to the city amounting to five million pesos.
Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi turned-over the scholarship fund donation to Marawi City Treasurer Anggay Abdullah on Monday afternoon. Joining the local exec were Coun. Stephanie Teves, members of Muntinlupa Finance Committee, Muntinlupa City Muslim Affairs Officer Johnny Guiling, and Muntinlupa Scholarhsip Program acting head Alvin Veron.
Fresnedi said Muntinlupa commits full-pledged support to the rehabilitation of the war-stricken city to enable them to recover from the strife-torn situation and to uplift the living condition of internally displaced persons (IDPS) of Marawi City.
The local exec vowed to donate P5-M scholarship fund every year to Marawi for five years.
MSP acting head Alvin Veron said the scholarship fund is seen to cater around 2,000 Marawi City scholars for the first batch of screening. He added that Marawi City Government has crafted a counterpart ordinance on their scholarship program patterned from Muntinlupa.
The Marawi LGU shall lead the processing of scholarship application in the city.
Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra expressed utmost thanksgiving to Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and the City Government of Muntinlupa.
The Department of Education (DepEd) declared around 22,000 students and 2,205 teachers were among those who were affected by the Marawi Siege. According to reports, there were also more than 2,000 displaced students from Marawi City who were accommodated by public schools in and outside of Mindanao.
Preceding the educational aid, Muntinlupa LGU has given two million pesos for the rehabilitation of the city and has participated in the Diskwento Caravan relief mission of the Department of Trade and Industry.