Executive Assistant to the Office of the Provincial Governor, Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, spearheaded the Educational Assistance Program of the Provincial Welfare and Development Office in providing cash assistance to selected students of the province of Lanao del Norte, who are not financially capable of sustaining their educational expenses.
Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo requested PSWDO head, Annabelle S. Mendez with the help of school teachers to identify students from grade 7 up to grade 12 that are indigents but not beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with certification from the Barangay as proof; Indigent students who have at least an average grade of 85 percent and; those who have personal disabilities (PWD).
The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to students for their educational needs, giving parents a breather on the fees for their children’s education, said Mendez.
Provincial Executive Secretary Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo for two consecutive days from June 7 to 8 visited five schools in the Province where these indigent students are studying and personally handed out cash enough to sustain the expenses for the school year. “Gikan sa Probinsya Para sa Masa Educational Program” is the slogan of the Provincial Government in addressing the financial difficulties of indigent students in sustaining their educational expenses.
A total of 192 indigent students were presented from five different schools of the Province to avail for this Educational Program, these schools are; Bansarville National High School with 55 students, Kapatagan National High School with 44 students, Lala National High School with 47 students, Geronima Cabrera National High School with 40 students and 6 students from Diego H. Patigayon National High School.
One of these 192 deserving students is Maretcho P. Lodick, a grade 11 student with a very inspiring story to tell in spite of the difficulties of life, where she persistently face all the challenges in its day to day existence just to sustain her education in order to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer someday and give her 9 siblings live a better life. Maretcho a dedicated sister and a student made no reasons not to continue her studies, “Ang pag pa dayon sa pag eskwela, ma-o ra ang akong nakita nga pama-agi nga makab-ot nako ang damgo nga makahatag ug maayong kinabuhi dili lang sa ako apil na pud ang akong mga igsoon” said Maretcho with a teary eye. She is a working student living in Sultan Naga Dimaporo and travels everyday to attend classes at Lala National High School. Maretcho’s mother died when they were still young unfortunately their father left them few days after leaving her and her eldest sister to take the responsibility of taking care of their younger siblings. To financially help her eldest sister, Maretcho decided to work. But this hardship never stops Maretcho from pursuing her dream instead she made this an inspiration. This kind of courage and strong willed never left unnoticed by her teachers and classmates in Lala National High School. Two years ago, Maretcho was hit by a dengue. She had a fever so high that she needs to be admitted to a hospital. The Doctor required 8 blood packs for her to survive, financially incapable to purchase even a single pack the school and its student body decided to shoulder the expenses to save the life of Maretcho and also paid the hospital bill. Maretcho felt the love of her teachers and classmates till this very moment. She said she will never forget the people who shared their resources just to save the life of a poor girl.
When asked about the Educational Assistance provided by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte where she is one of the deserving beneficiaries, Maretcho expressed her gratitude in front of Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo, who was deeply touched by her life’s story.
Maretcho thanked Ms. Sittie Aminah on behalf of Governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo for the Educational Assistance Program initiated by the Provincial Government for the deserving indigent students like her who really needs financial assistance to sustain their studies for the whole year.
Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza-Dimaporo emphasized to parents that this financial assistance is intended for their children’s educational expenses and hope that this program will inspire other students to study hard and aim higher to achieve a better life. The Provincial Government is optimistic that this program will continue next year and the years to come to help more students of the Province that are deserving of aid, Ms. Sittie Aminah added. PIO-LDN