(IN PHOTO: Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and members of Muntinlupa City Council awarding local scholars during the city’s flag raising ceremony.)

With the new developments in the educational assistance program in Muntinlupa, local students have all the reasons to be motivated and to study hard.

The Muntinlupa City Council has approved an ordinance increasing the annual allowance of scholars in the city and cash gifts given to honor graduates and licensure examination topnotchers.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed the City Ordinance No. 2020-054 amending sections of Ordinance 17-107 providing for an expanded Muntinlupa scholarship and educational assistance program and other incentives to students and academic achievers on February 5.

More than 71,000 scholars in Muntinlupa City are set to receive an allowance hike depending on their scholarship category.

Students in elementary, alternative learning system, junior and senior high school will have a P1,000 increase in annual allowance. The allowance of elementary/ALS students is raised from P3,000 to P4,000 per year, while allowance of junior and senior high school students are raised from P4,000 to P5,000 and from P5,000 to P6,000 per year, respectively.

Further, State Universities and Colleges students, including beneficiaries of Continuing Assistance for Reintegrating Students Program, can now receive a maximum incentive of P10,000 per semester. From base allowance of P5,000, college scholars will receive an additional P2,500 for having a GWA of 1.76 to 2.0 or P5,000 for having a GWA of 1.75 or better (or its equivalent grading system).

The local government also increased cash gifts for its Honor Graduates Incentives Program and Licensure (Bar and Board) Examination Topnotchers.

Cash incentives for latin honor graduates residing in Muntinlupa are increased up to P10,000. Cash gifts for Summa Cum Laude graduates increased from P20,000 to P30,000, while for Magna Cum Laude, it is raised from P15,000 to P20,000. Cum Laude graduates will still receive P10,000.

In addition, the local government raised the cash gifts given to licensure examination topnotchers by up to P100,000 and introduced a new bracketing system. For Bracket A which include Post Baccalaurate (Bar and Physician Board Examination) passers, Top 1 will receive P200,000, Top 2-5 will have P100,000, while Top 6-10 will get P50,000.

For Bracket B which cover Baccalaurate Degree (PQF Level 6) examination passers, Top 1 will have P100,000, Top 2-5 will have P50,000, while Top 6-10 will get P25,000. While Bracket C – NCIII, NCIV Certifications and Diploma Levels (PQF Level 3-5) topnotchers, Top 1 will receive P30,000, Top 2-5 will have P20,000, while Top 6-10 will get P10,000.

The development in Muntinlupa’s scholarship assistance also include the opening of additional slots for Educational Development of Government Employees (EDGE) program. The local government will expand the EDGE program from catering to 20 slots for Undergraduate courses of City Government Employees to opening 50 slots while increasing slots for Graduate and Masteral program from 60 slots to 100 slots for Public School Teachers and 50 slots for City Government Employees.

The Muntinlupa City Council through Education Committee Chairperson Coun. Paty Katy Boncayao recognized the need to increase both the amount of allowances and number of beneficiaries to sustain the rising needs of the students due to inflation and other affecting factors.

Muntinlupa City holds the most number of scholarship program beneficiaries in the country with over 71,000 scholars. The local government through the Muntinlupa Scholarship Program offers a comprehensive educational assistance program for students in elementary to college, including technical-vocational, graduate school, and for students taking up law and medicine.

Established in 1990, the scholarship program in Muntinlupa City initially catered to college students in local universities including the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, then called Muntinlupa Polytechnic College.

On 2013, under the leadership of Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, the local government expanded to an inclusive scholarship bracketing as educational assistance was made available for elementary and high school students.

Mayor Jamie Fresnedi stressed his commitment to assist city residents in their education through financial assistance and other services. The local exec hoped that the scholarship program will inspire students in Muntinlupa to strive for academic excellence and be able to participate in nation building.

Muntinlupa Scholarship Program is headed by EnP. Alvin F. Veron and is located at Plaza Central Building, Brgy. Poblacion with tel. no. 8831-5971.

*Source: Public Information Office