Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III led the two-day scholarship assistance distribution aiding 300 highly-competent scholars around the province held on September 14 and 16.
The scholarship assistance distribution forms part of the Provincial Scholarship Program (PSP) of the province that aims to support college education of academically highly competent yet financially-challenged Pangasinenses.
All the 300 new scholars received P10,000 each for the first semester of academic year 2021-2022.
To observe heath protocols, the provincial government held the assistance distribution in different venues.
Scholars from Districts 1, 2 and 3 received their scholarship assistance on September 14 in brief programs held in Mabini (District 1), Pangasinan Training Development Center II (District 2), and Calasiao (District 3).
In his message during the first day of distribution at PTDC II, Governor Pogi exhorted the new scholars to become leaders that the world needs today, especially in combating the spread of COVId-19 cases.
“Be voices of the provincial government for your families and for the province of Pangasinan,” Gov. Pogi urged scholars to encourage their families to comply with the guidelines of the administration against COVID-19.
Gov. Pogi also urged the scholars to focus on their dreams for a brighter future.
“Kung mahal ninyo ang inyong sarili, mahalin din ninyo ang inyong kinabukasan,” Gov. Pogi stated.
Also present during the first day of distribution were: Second District Board Member Nestor D. Reyes, Board Member Jerome Vic Espino, Dr. Shiela Ferrer Baniqued, Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial President Jinky Zaplan, Calasiao Mayor Joseph Arman C. Bauzon, Mabini Mayor Ariel De Guzman, Mabini Vice Mayor Darius P. Bonalos, Councilor Tonton Humilde and Ricky Camba
Meanwhile, scholars from Districts 4, 5 and 6 received the same scholarship aid on September 16 held in different venues, namely: San Jacinto
(District 4), Urdaneta City (District 5) and Balungao (District 6).
In his message during the second day of distribution, Gov. Pogi assured that the provincial government will continue to sustain the Provincial Scholarship Program to help Pangasinenses have brighter future.
“Ang pagod po namin ay nilalatag po namin para sa inyong magandang kinabukasan,” said Gov. Pogi.
Also present during the second day of distribution were: Fifth District Board Members Chinky Perez-Tababa and Jan Louie Nicholi Sison, Second District Board Member Nestor D. Reyes, former Fifth District Board Member Clemente “Niño” Arboleda Jr., Urdaneta City Toning Perez, San Jacinto Mayor Leo F. De Vera at Dr. Jerry Agerico Rosario, Sixth District Board Members Noel Bince at Salvador Perez Jr., Balungao Mayor Maria Theresa R. Peralta and Balungao Vice Mayor Philipp DG. Peralta.
Scholars and their parents also expressed their gratitude to the provincial government for the scholarship assistance that will usher them to fulfilling their dreams.
“Napakalaking tulong po nito lalo na po ngayon na walang trabaho ang mga magulang ko kaya maraming-maraming salamat po kay Governor Espino sa binigay po ninyong scholarship lalo na po ngayon na may pandemya,” said Analiza Delinogun, a 19-year-old scholar from Alaminos City.
“Governor Espino, maraming-maraming salamat po binigay po ninyong assistance. Pangako ko po na bilang Pangasinan scholar, itutuloy ko ang pagbibigay ng excellence sa probinsya at sa pamantasan na aking papasukan,” Jonas Carrera, a scholar from Mangaldan added.
The 300 scholars are under four categories of the PSP, namely: Academics; Sports; Arts; and Cultural Groups that include NCIP and Muslims.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman