Clark Freeport—Some 28 students from San Marcelino, Zambales received scholarship grants and financial assistance worth P980,000 from the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) through its Corporate Social Responsibility Project on education.
CDC President and CEO Noel Manankil handed the check to representatives of different communities, mostly members of the Indigenous People during simple rites at the Clark Skills and Training Center here Monday.
In his speech, Manankil expressed elation over the state-owned firm’s partnership with the upland communities of Zambales in supporting deserving students.
Manankil said the Freeport might also offer career opportunities to students should they continue to excel in their studies.
“You have to take this opportunity and treasure it and make sure that you finish your courses. When you finish, there will always be an opportunity for you especially here in Clark,” he added.
The student-beneficiaries were the second batch of recipients granted assistance through the CSR-educational program of CDC.
Last month, 28 students from Nueva Ecija also benefitted from the same grant.
Manankil signed a MOA with 14 barangay chairmen from San Marcelino town, with CDC Director Ana Liza Peralta and CDC Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Rommel Narciso as witnesses.
The CDC top executive turned over the checks which will cover the miscellaneous expenses of underprivileged students who reside in barangays San Isidro, Buhawen, Burgos, Consuelo Norte, Consuelo Sur, La Paz, Laoag, Linasin, Linusungan, Lucero, Nagbunga, Rabanes, San Guillermo, and Santa Fe.
San Marcelino, Zambales Association of Barangay Captains President Romeo Jalasco and village chief Eddie Domingo, also signatories to the MOA, were present and received the checks for the students.
San Marcelino has 18 villages.
Also present in the event were CDC Vice President for Administration and Finance Mariza Mandocdoc, CDC Assistant Vice President for Administration Zoraida Camello and CDC- Communications Division Manager Anthony Emmanuel Tulabut.
Other flagship educational programs by the state-owned firm include “Aeta Pagsasarili Program”, a partnership project of the state-owned firm with O.B. Montessori, and the CDC Excellence Award which recognizes college students who excel academically.
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