Students affected typhoon ‘Lawin’ to get PHP5,000 financial aid

LAOAG CITY — Around 5,000 private college students, especially those children of farmers and fisherfolks who were affected by typhoon “Lawin” will be given PHP5,000 each as financial assistance courtesy of the provincial government here.

The Ilocos Norte Youth Office (INYO) has just opened applications through the “Asikaso Tuition-for-Work Program” in time for the enrollment period of private schools next week.

INYO Director James Ceasar Ventura said the program aims to encourage students to continue their studies even if their properties and livelihoods were damaged, instead of dropping out of school.

He said they prioritized private college students because “next week will be their schedule for enrollment after this week’s clearance period.”

Applicants must pass a letter of intent and application form which are both available at INYO and can be downloaded at Sirib Express and Sirib Ilocano Kabataan Association facebook pages.

They must also submit photocopies of student ID and a parent’s valid ID, as well as their enrollment form or latest copy of grades.

Applicants should secure certification of typhoon damages duly signed by their respective village chief and municipal social welfare and development officer.

Each beneficiary will need to render 160 hours of service under the Ilocos Norte government, depending on his or her availability.

“The other objective of this program is to provide an avenue for Ilocano youth to socialize and build social capital so that they have friends to seek help from in times of emergencies and disasters,” he said. Leilani Adriano/