/ 30 January 2021

SIX Marikina City residents who aspire to be doctors were granted scholarship through the “Libreng Pag-aaral sa Pag Dodoktor para sa mga Marikeño” program of the local government.

Mayor Marcelino ‘Marcy’ Teodoro said two medical students qualified for the Gold Scholarship Grant which entitles each of them to receive a P150,000 educational assistance.

Meanwhile, the four others received P75,000 education assistance after qualifying for the Silver Scholarship Grant.

The grant may be used for transportation, allowances, board and lodging, uniforms, textbooks, and other necessary supplies.

The Gold Scholarship Grant recipients are Erika R. Mercado, 25, of Barangay Concepcion Dos and Jemicah Tristian P. Cobarrubias, of Barangay Jesus Dela Peña.

Meanwhile, the four recipients of the Silver Scholarship Grant are Dale Joseph Dino,24, of Barangay Sta. Elena; Angelica Reyes, 22, of Barangay Concepcion Uno;  Christina Joyce Diano, 22, of Barangay Barangka and Angelo Franco Rafael Piamonte, 28, of Barangay IVC.

“Maraming mga taga-Marikina na gustong maging doctor. Although gusto nilang maging doctor, pero hirap sila financially. Kaya minabuti nating bigyan sila ng scholarship,” Teodoro said.

The mayor signed an ordinance in October last year that provides assistance to Marikina residents who wish to become doctors but are too poor.

The program provides scholarship grants to qualified Marikina residents who are enrolled in a medical program in select medical schools in Metro Manila.

The medical scholarship grant can only be availed at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Far Eastern University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila Central University, University of Santo Tomas, Fatima University, University of the East, University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA, and St. Luke’s College of Medicine.

Teodoro said beneficiaries should render two years of service as doctors of the local government after passing the board examination.