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The 12 participating institutions renewed their contracts for the Cebu City Scholarship Program.

These are the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Cebu Institute of Technology University, Cebu Eastern College, Informatics Computer Institute, Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise, College Technological Sciences, Cebu Technological University, Asian College of Technology, University of Cebu, University of the Philippines Cebu College, Cebu Normal University and Banilad Center for Professional Development.

The City Council authorized Mayor Michael Rama to sign the contracts after the City Legal Office released an opinion that the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the program is in order.

“Based on the statistics, 80 to 85 percent of the high school graduates from the public schools in Cebu City have no opportunity to proceed to post-secondary education due to financial constraint,” read the first paragraph of the MOA.

The City came up with the program to provide free college education to public high school graduates. Under the MOA, the City will pay P10,000 every semester for every scholar. For those in the mountain barangays, an additional P10,000 will be given to the student as allowance. It is also the obligation of the City to monitor the progress of the student.

The Department of Education, through Cebu City Schools Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud, is also a party to the memorandum, as it is responsible for coordinating with the City and the participating schools for the implementation and improvement of the program.

The schools, for their part, are tasked to “be responsible for the proper implementation of the courses offered.” According to Rama’s State of the City Address last Friday, the program has helped 5,800 scholars.