ORMOC CITY – A total of 93 LGU scholars attended the first ever LGU-Ormoc Scholar Graduates’ Recognition Ceremony on May 8, 2018 at the Multi-purpose Hall of the New Ormoc City Hall.
It was also on the same occasion that all LGU scholars received their monthly allowance of P2,000 for the month of March. Most importantly, the 40 LGU scholars who graduated this school year were recognized in a simple ceremony where they were each given a medal, a certificate, and P3,000, as their graduation allowance.
Twelve of them graduated with Latin Honors. The one who got the highest honors was Danica E. Visabella of Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT) who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was given a cash incentive of P15,000. Meanwhile, the 11 other scholars who graduated Cum Laude were all
from Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Ormoc City Campus. They are: Juvelyn N. Dula (BSEd in Mathematics), Noven C. Jayme (BSEd in Biological Science), Mark Anthony T. Pecho (BSEd in Biological Science), Christel N. Tangcawan (BSEd in Biological Science), Marvin N. Teves (BSEd in Biological Science), Christene C. Malasaga (BSEd in TLE), Roselle C. Quilantang (BSEd Biological Science), Rea Kirby N. Costan (BSEd in Biological Science), Jesseca E. Veril (BSEd in Biological Science), Hannah Marie E. Dagohoy (BSEd in Mathematics), and Sarah Mae R. Justo (BSEd in Mathematics). They all received P10,000 as cash incentive. Furthermore, the two graduates from the City Social Welfare Development (CSWD) scholarship program who both graduated Cum Laude from EVSU Ormoc City Campus, Mary Grace Suan (BSEd in Mathematics) and Lelibeth Aure (BSEd in Biological Science) were also recognized during the ceremony and were both given a medal and a certificate.
According to Kagawad Nolito Quilang, the LGU provides cash incentives to the graduates to motivate and encourage those who will be graduating soon to do their best to not only graduate, but to graduate with Latin Honors. For Mayor Richard Gomez, meanwhile, he encouraged the graduates to never stop studying and learning, while special guest, Leyte Fourth District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, who was able to grace event, shared this message to the graduates and their parents: “The LGU is so proud of you kay ni-graduate na mo and daghan pa gyud ninyo ang ni-graduate with honors. Mao ra gyud nay inyong ikabayad sa inyong ginikanan… Kung naa moy edukasyon, maski asa mo ilabay, kuan mo ba, mga ‘batang may laban’, maski asa mo ibutang, mabuhi mo kay naa man moy edukasyon.
So that is your greatest asset. You have to honor that. You have to respect that. And you have to make use of that. Do not stop.” She also encouraged the scholars, on behalf of the city’s government off icials to “pay it forward” and help those children in need once they become successful. By doing so, she explained, the cycle of kindness and generosity would continue.
“The best way to show gratefulness is by paying forward and doing to others what already has been done to you,” added the congresswoman.
She extended her warmest congratulations to all the parents for the hard work they have done, assuring them that “for as long as we are your chosen and your elected officials, we’ll do our best everyday, whether you are watching or not, to deliver the kind of service that you elected us in office for.”
Currently, the LGU Scholarship Program was able to accommodate a total of 154 applicants and for those who are still interested to apply, one may contact the city’s scholarship board located in the PESO office of the new Ormoc city hall, for the requirements that need to be submitted to qualify for the scholarship.
An LGU scholar is entitled to a monthly allowance of P2,000 and a book allowance of the same amount. If they are studying in a private school within Ormoc, they will be given a subsidy of P18,000 and if they wish to study outside Ormoc, they are free to choose only the state universities. June 4, 2018 is accordingly orientation day and contract-signing of the new batch of scholars and welcoming them would be the city’s scholar-graduates. By Dailyn Cabarse