BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance granting cash incentives to bonafide residents of the city who belong to the top ten in the graduating classes of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and other similar institutions.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Lenadro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the amount of cash incentives shall be P200,000 for the valedictorian; P150,000 for the salutatorian, P100,000 for the third placer; P80,000 for the fourth placer; P70,000 for the fifth placer; and P50,000 each for the sixth to tenth placers.
The ordinance provides the cash incentives shall be released to the grantee upon presentation of the necessary documents and in accordance to applicable laws, rules and regulations.
In recognition of the honor and pride that the top ten graduating Baguio residents bring not only to their respective families but to the city as a whole, in putting the city in the limelight and in the map of places that produce principled and highly competent military and police personnel, Yangot asserted the importance of institutionalzing the grant of cash incentives to the top performing students.
For several years now, several Baguio residents had been landing in the top ten graduating class of the PMA, PNPA and other similar institutions indicating that city youth have a place in the premier military and police institutions.
Yangot explained the cash grant will inspire those intending to enrol in the said institutions to strive for the best, not only to avail of the incentives, but also to continue giving honor and pride to the city as a whole, it being the host site of the PMA, the premier military institution in the Asia-Pacific Region.
By Dexter A. See