Iloilo City Government gave educational assistance for street children in a ceremony held over the weekend at the Molo gymnasium.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog led the distribution of P1,800 each representing the first quarter benefits of the recipients.
“We will continue to ensure that children of poor Ilonggo families also have opportunities to pursue their studies,” he said.
As part of his pro-poor project, the educational assistance so far supports 75 former street children enrolled in public primary and secondary schools, and six former street children enrolled in college.
The college financial assistance is P2,500 per semester, while the elementary and high school beneficiaries receive P600 monthly for their allowances and other needs.
Mabilog has also organized the Iloilo City Task Force on Street Children to directly supervise the project and undertake initiatives for the welfare of street children.
Personnel of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) led by Alfredo Villanueva and his assistant, Gene Garingalao, assisted during the distribution of educational assistance.