One thousand one hundred eighty three (1,183) scholars trooped to CBNC Community Relations Office monthly to receive their allowance.
Of this number, 388 of them are in college, 655 are high school and 140 of them are in elementary.
For this school year, CBNC allotted P8 million pesos to support the above scholars. The scholars came from different barangays in Bataraza which budget is taken from the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) share of the barangay from CBNC.
“Makakabili na ako ng notebook at lapis na magagamit ko sa school,” said one of the IP scholars from Sitio Gamayon while holding his monthly allowance.
(“I can now buy notebook and pens I can use for school.”)
“Nahihirapan po kasi si tatay at nanay na bilihan kami ng mga gagamitin namin sa school. Kulang po ang kinikita nya sa basakan para tustusan kaming magkakapatid. Kaya malaking pasalamat namin sa tulong ng CBNC sa pag-aaral namin,” he added.
(“It is hard for my parents to buy our school things. What he earned from the farm is not enough to provide for us his children. That is why we are really grateful to CBNC in helping us with our studies.”)
“The scholarship program has been the flagship program of CBNC since SDMP I. We have allotted a fund as an assistance to poor but deserving students who want to finish their studies,” explains Ernesto Llacuna, CBNC Comrel Manager.
“Many of these scholars in elementary and high school are IPs. Even though some are still in elementary, we already give them assistance to encourage them to go to school because their parents cannot provide them with their school needs,” he added.
The scholarship program started in 2005 with then project partner Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation.
To date, the company has already produced 800 scholars and are now mostly gainfully employed.