Capitol helps thousands of students

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Some 2,240 students across Pampanga got much needed educational assistance and grants from Capitol in 2013.

This was disclosed on Friday by Acting Provincial Information Officer Joel Mapiles, who said that Governor Lilia Pineda has increased the number of grants for provincial government scholars taking up a variety of courses in colleges and universities in and outside the province.

“This year, an additional 2,240 students received financial aid from Capitol for their enrollment and other school fees. This is on top of the 4,990 students assisted by the provincial government in the last two years. Of the total, 299 are Aeta scholars and 57 persons with disabilities wishing to get a degree,” he said.


Mapiles told Sun.Star Pampanga that aside from the educational financial aid of P2,500 per student per semester to P10,000 for honor students, Capitol has also focused on the improvement of public schools in Pampanga barangays and towns.

“Capitol was able to construct 349 classrooms, six covered courts, several comfort rooms and donated about 19,200 school desks, all worth P241.7 million,” he said.

Mapiles added that Governor Pineda and Capitol officials continue to coordinate with the Commission on Higher Education for satellite campuses of the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University and the Pampanga State Agricultural University.

“Capitol also gives priority to those wishing to be enrolled in the Alternative Learning System. Bukas palad ang administrasyon ni Governor Pineda sa lahat ng mga estudyanteng Kapampangan na nais makapagtapos ng kanilang pag-aaral sa kabila ng kahirapan sa buhay,” said Mapiles.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 05, 2014.

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