/ 18 June 2024

SENATOR Christopher ‘Bong’ Go personally extended support to indigent students in Ibajay, Aklan, as he highlighted the need to support the youth and promote the health and well-being of Filipinos in the grassroots in pursuit of a safer and healthier future.

“Our students are the future of our nation. Supporting them through these challenging times is not just an investment in their future, but in the future of our entire country,” Go stated.

He commended the leadership of the provincial government led by Governor Jo-en Miraflores, Vice Governor Atty. Reynaldo Quimpo, former governor Florencio Miraflores, and Ibajay Mayor Jose Miguel Miraflores, among others, for their dedication to the welfare of their communities.

The senator and his Malasakit Team distributed essential support items to 2,000 students.

These included food packs, meals, vitamins, facemasks, and shirts. Additional items such as basketballs and volleyballs were also provided, with select students receiving bicycles, mobile phones, shoes, and watches to promote sports and education among the youth.

In partnership with Miraflores, financial aid was also disbursed to each of the qualified student beneficiaries through the efforts of Go and the local government.

In line with his commitment to education, Go has co-authored and co-sponsored bills, showcasing his dedication to improving the country’s education system including Senate Bill Nos. 1360 and 1864.

SBN 1360 seeks to expand the coverage of the tertiary education subsidy by amending Republic Act No. 10931, the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which was enacted during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

This proposed measure aims to support students who struggle to pay their tuition and other school fees, including those not currently covered by subsidies under the existing law.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill1864, or the Student Loan Payment Moratorium During Disasters and Emergencies Act, aims to offer relief to students who have taken out loans but cannot repay them due to disasters and other emergencies.