Delayed allowances for Cebu City scholars
FOR a week now, Cebu City scholars were visiting Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young's office to claim the P1,000 additional allowance that Mayor Michael Rama promised them.
However, only the allowances for students enrolled in four schools--Cebu Technological University, University of Cebu, J. Palma Professional Institute and CBD College--were made available.
Young said he pitied the students especially those from the mountain barangays who go to the City Hall only to find out that they couldn't claim their allowance yet.
Rama announced during a Dec. 20 gathering in Cebu Coliseum that the scholars' allowances are already available.
"The mayor should refrain from making irresponsible announcements if he has no knowledge of the P1,000 for scholars," said Young.
Rama said in a separate interview that he will have the matter checked by the city's education consultant, Ester Cubero.
He said Young's comments were uncalled for. "Why should Young be making these comments? Why don't he just mind his own business?" said Rama.
A few months ago, Rama removed Young as chairman of the city's scholarship committee, but some of his office staff continue to do their functions.
A note posted at the Office of the Vice Mayor says that only the allowances for students enrolled at CTU, UC, J Palma Professional Institute and CBD College are available.
The delay in the release of allowances is blamed on some schools' failure to submit a list of students enrolled under the city's scholarship program while some schools are still processing their list.
The city government releases P10, 000 per semester to its about 4, 000 scholars.
Rama decided to add another P1, 000 allowance this year to help shoulder their school supplies and other needs. /Doris C. Bongcac, Chief of Reporters