CDO to grant scholarships to 10K college students

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The local government here plans to provide 10,000 scholarship grants to qualified college students as its vision to construct a city college gains ground.

EDUCATION PLANS. Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Suzzete Magtajas-Daba (center) discusses plans at the Local School Board in this file photo. The city government is eyeing to provide 10,000 scholarship grants to qualified college students, the councilor said on Friday (Nov. 11, 2022). (Photo courtesy of Councilor Daba’s FB Page)

City Councilor Suzette Magtajas-Daba said the plan to increase the scholarship slots was part of the campaign promise of Mayor Rolando Uy.

“The scholarships are not only for students who have high grades; there are also slots for those who have average grades as long as they did not fail any subjects,” she told the Cagayan de Oro Press Club during its 71st founding anniversary where she ws guest.

Daba, who chairs the city council’s committee on education, authored the Scholarship Code in 2018, which expanded the number of scholarship grantees in the city. In 2013, there were only 300 scholars here, and only 700 in 2016.

After the passage of the Code, Daba said the number of scholars increased to 8,200, receiving stipends of around PHP1,000 to PHP1,500 monthly.

“We are also planning to expand these scholarships for those who wish to study medicine and law,” she added.

Meanwhile, creating a city college is also part of the current administration’s plans. There is now a technical working group  doing a feasibility study for the project.

The plan for a city college has long been proposed by the City Council for decades. (PNA)