A total of 1,976 college students and 52 masters’ degree scholars in the sixth district of Negros Occidental are beneficiaries of the Congressional Educational Assistance Program of Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District).
The CEAP is funded by her Priority Development Assistance Fund and is implemented by the Commission on Higher Education, local government units and the Negros State College of Agriculture, a press release from her office said.
To further support her drive for better education, school supplies like notebooks, pencils, crayons, pad paper and erasers were given to elementary and high schools students in far-flung barangays in the sixth district before the opening of classes, the press release said.
IT equipment like LCD projectors with screens, computers and printers as well as drum and bugle instruments were also delivered as educational aid, it added.
Recent beneficiaries of the assistance were the Bantayan National High School, Tampalon NHS and Tabugon NHS in Kabankalan City as well as the Gil Montilla National High School–Manlucahoc Extension, Barasbarasan Elementary School and Dungga ES in Sipalay City.
Alvarez is the principal author of the bill converting the Negros State College of Agriculture into the Central Philippines State University. It was already passed by the House, while a Senate version of her bill has been approved on second reading at the Upper Chamber, the press release said.*