A proposed ordinance will provide medals, certificates and cash incentives to the Top 3 graduating students in elementary, junior high and senior high in every school in Dumaguete City.
According to Councilor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, the ordinance will institutionalize the program of Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo before when in his first term as mayor in 1998.
In fact, Councilor Tolentino was once given recognition by Mayor Remollo when she graduated as an honor student in 2000 or 21 years ago.
Councilors Lilani Ramon, Michael Bandal and SK President Renz Macion are co-authors of the proposed ordinance that was deliberated in the committee meeting this afternoon with the City Budget Officer Antonieta General.
Under the proposal students in junior high school and elementary who graduate as Top 1 will be awarded P 3, 000; Top 2 (P 2, 000) and Top 3 (P 1, 000) plus medals and certificates.
Meanwhile, those who will graduate in Senior High School as Top 1 will receive P 5, 000; Top 2 (P3, 000) and Top 3 (P2, 000) plus medals, certificates and will be given priority in the Educational Assistance Grant of the City Government of Dumaguete at P 6, 000.00 per semester each scholar/recipient.
Mayor Remollo, who supports the passage of the ordinance, has always encouraged students to do their best in their studies and strive for excellence to secure themselves and their families a better future.
The authors said that if given the proper support, these outstanding students can bring pride and honor to this University Town, if their excellent performance in school are recognized and rewarded.