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Rep. Villaraza-Suarez distributes P4K scholarship assistance to 361 students in Lopez

Marjorie Quinez, a physically disabled 2nd year agricultural technology
 student of Laguna State Polytechnic University in Bgy. Hondagua, Lopez, 
Quezon shows how to write with her foot to Alona partylist Rep. Anna 
Villaraza-Suarez. Behind the lady solon is Lopez mayor Rachel Ubana. (JOHN BELLO)


by John A. Bello

LOPEZ, Quezon – Marjorie Quinez, a physically disabled 2nd year agricultural technology student is just one of the 361 students of Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU) in Bgy. Hondagua here who received a P4,000 scholarship assistance from Alona Partylist Rep. Anna Villaraza-Suarez.

Quinez, who is armless and has only stumps in both her shoulders, sat upfront among the group of students and faculty members led by their school head, Florencia Capellan, who assembled at the covered court of their school here on Thursday to await the arrival of Villaraza-Suarez who came after the coming of 4th District provincial board member Raquel Mendoza and Mayor Rachel Ubana.

“I’m thankful for the continuous financial support of Mam Anna for our educational aspiration, because of her all of us who are hard up in life are given the opportunity to pursue our dreams,” she told Sentinel Times after she was approached by the neophyte lady representative and wife of Gov. David Suarez.

Villaraza-Suarez was amazed by Quinez who dug into her bag using only her foot to get pen and paper and with the same foot proceeded to write her name. Villaraza-Suarez in turn wrote something for the student to inspire her onwards in her studies.

She disclosed about the construction of a P10 million main building of LSPU in Bgy. Concepcion here while the rest of the school building will remain in Bgy. Hondagua.

“Just study hard, hardwork and discipline is all you need to succeed in school and in life,” Villaraza-Suarez told the students, 42 of them from Bgy. Hondagua, while the rest from other barangays here and from adjacent towns of Calauag, Gumaca, Atimonan and Buenavista.

She said she is giving a laptop computer for 5 first honor students of all the 5 academic courses offered by LSPU namely Agricultural Education, Criminology, Agricultural Technology, Agricultural Fisheries and Tourism.

Villaraza-Suarez also announced that Alona partylist scholarship program has decided to reduce the minimum grade of 80 from 87 to accommodate poor but deserving students from the poor sector of the province to be able to qualify for the scholarship program.

According to Francis Pasamba, staff of Villaraza-Suarez, there are a total of 669 Suarez scholars in Lopez alone and as of 2nd semester from 2017-2019 there are 6,474 enrolled. He said that the total number of graduates of Suarez scholars from 2011 to 2018 have reached 9,956.

From the distribution of the scholarship assistance, the lady solon, accompanied by Mendoza, Ubana, and Gov. Suarez’ chief of staff Webster Letargo went on to the distribution of 3 kilos each of sinandomeng rice to some 600 residents of Bgys. Hondagua and Burgos in her Damayan sa Barangay program.

She promised to donate a fishing boat and financial assistance for the processing and packaging of the dried fish industry for Bgy. Hondagua.

Villaraza-Suarez also visited the site of the construction of a P35 million Alona Partylist Center for Excellence at the back of the Lopez Elem. School here with a seating capacity of 300 persons and intended as a venue for various events of all Suarez scholars.