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Students, no matter what grade level or year, would agree that attaining that coveted degree is a gateway to numerous opportunities and better job prospects with higher paychecks in the future.

For many Filipinos, however, financing schooling is a legitimate challenge. The presence or the lack of money can determine whether a student’s dream of a better life will live on or if it will simply go down the drain.

This is why the city government of Manila is extending financial support to scholar students of the capital through Ordinance No. 8568, which Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed this July 31.

It grants P1,000 monthly to qualified undergraduate students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and the Universidad de Manila (UdM).

“There is a need to support the youth of the City of Manila intellectually by providing allowances to its public school students to allow them to continue their education despite hardships and struggles of the family,” the ordinance reads, according to a Manila Bulletin report.

To qualify for this benefit, students must meet the following requirements:

  • must have good academic standing
  • must not have any disciplinary record
  • must be a resident of Manila
  • must be a registered voter of the city

In case the student is not of legal age yet, the parent or legal guardian must be a registered voter of Manila. Dismissed students, meanwhile, are immediately disqualified from the receiving the financial support.

Upon approval and publication in a newspaper of general circulation, the ordinance will already take effect.

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