By Glazyl Y. Masculino
BACOLOD City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental has turned over P1 million worth of educational assistance to 200 Kapatiran next-of-kin grantees.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the ceremonial distribution of assistance to 30 of the 200 scholars who are in Senior High and College levels at the Negros Residences here last Tuesday.
It is funded under the Gender and Development Program of the province, wherein each scholar will receive P5,000.
The governor expressed his joy as the Kapatiran chose the pathway towards peace and unity.
“Education is the most important component of this administration, and it’s my utmost priority to strengthen our educational policies,” Lacson said in his statement.
He assured that the provincial government will continue to support the programs to promote peace and security, as he thanked the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity, the Philippine Army, and the Philippine National Police for implementing the programs on peace and order.
Lacson hopes that the scholars will advance to be confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to the community, society, and the nation.
The Rebolusyonaryong Partidong Manggagawa ng Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade-Tabara Paduano Group (RPM-P/RPA/ABB-TPG) or Kapatiran para sa Progresibong Panlipunan (Kapatiran) is a recipient of the transition plan implemented by the government as part of the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist insurgency and attain inclusive and sustainable peace.
For his part, Brigadier General Orlando Edralin, commander of the Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde), in his statement, re-affirmed the commitment of the Philippine Army through its line units as a strong and credible partner of the provincial government.
“Your 303rd IBde family will always be a helping hand to ensure that these students, the hope of our country, and with the continuous support of the provincial government will meet their rightful path towards self-advancement and development,” he said in a statement.