By Jean Fernando
The P500 monthly financial aid being given to the city’s public school students will be doubled starting January next year as announced by Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano in her State of the City Children’s Address (SOCCA) Thursday.
Rubiano said that former city mayor, and now Representative Tony Calixto, allocated a total of P320-million giving city’s public school students a P500 monthly allowance during his term.
She said that 30,000 students in elementary, 30,000 high school students, and 5,000 from college are enjoying the P500 monthly allowance which is already a big help to their studies.
The mayor, during her SOCCA, announced that starting January next year, the students will be receiving P1,000 each to be given to their parents for safekeeping and to ensure that it will be spent wisely.
Rubiano explained that doubling the allowance of public school students would also mean that the city government would be allocating a total of P660-million.
She said that her administration is also working on making the 1,050 public classrooms in the city fully air-conditioned.
During Rubiano’s SOCCA, which is also in celebration of the National Children’s Month, she emphasized that children are among the most vulnerable population groups in society.
Rubiano said that in 2015, records showed that 31.4 percent of children belong to poor families. As mayor, Rubiano’s administration is considering and focusing on the importance of their living conditions, health, and education.
She added that the city government is also looking into children’s rights to safety and security from all forms of violence.