|Scholarships Awarded to 52 Payatas Students|
College scholarships were awarded to 52 deserving students from families earning a living as scavengers at the Quezon City integrated waste disposal facility in Payatas. This is in line with the city government's continuing commitment to make quality education accessible to all.
Of the 52 program beneficiaries, 36 have been admitted as scholars at the city government-run Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) while the remaining 16 students were included in the city's Scholarship and Youth Development Program, with 13 students admitted as scholars at the University of Rizal System (URS) and the three others, at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).
The QC government has partnered with the Payatas Poverty Alleviation Foundation Inc. (PPAFI) and the IPM Group of Companies in facilitating the grant of scholarships.
The PPAFI, chaired by Ms. Isabelita Paredes-Mercado, will also be providing the payments for the students' miscellaneous fees, uniform and a monthly P1000 transportation allowance.
The partnership between the QC government and the PPAF has been credited with providing various development programs to families living around the city's integrated waste disposal facility in Payatas.
In terms of housing, the foundation has been working hand in hand with the city government in offering voluntary relocation or the "Balik-Probinsya" program to urban poor families occupying a portion of Lot 76 in Phase II of Lupang Pangako in Payatas which has been declared as not suitable for residential purposes by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The foundation has also built a public library to complement the city government's effort to improve the literacy rate of Payatas residents.
The Payatas Operations Group, headed by Ret. Col. Jameel Jaymalin, oversees the operation of the city's disposal facility in Payatas.
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