DUMALAG, Capiz – Some 1,000 college scholars of Capiz Second District Rep. Fredenil H. Castro received financial allowances recently.
Liga ng mga Barangay Provincial Federation President and Sangguniang Panlalawigan ex-officio Clemente “Bodong” Firmalino Jr. said each scholar received P2,500 from the congressman in a program held at the newly constructed Dumalag Civic Center here.
The distribution was assisted by the congressman’s wife, Jane “Baby” Tan-Castro and Dumalag Mayor Lilia Castro.
It was also witnessed by provincial Board Members Baden Cantiller and Gilbert Ardivilla and some mayors from the second district.
Castro has 7,000 college scholars funded from his Countrywide Development Fund (CDF) since he became the congressman. He has also scholars from Roxas City and some towns in the first district of Capiz.
Firmalino said the congressman even uses his personal money to fund the scholars. These scholars are enrolled at the Capiz State University, Dumalag Vocational and Technical School-TESDA and some private schools in Roxas City and Iloilo City.
In his speech, Castro reminded the students of the song “Bayo Ko Nga Gisi” that inspired him to finish his study while he was a student. He also told the students to love their parents and stay away from drugs and liquor.
Political leaders from the first and second districts urged Castro to run for governor in the next election.
Recently, Rep. Antonio Del Rosario of the first district said Castro’s chance of winning against incumbent Gov. Victor Tanco Sr. is big.
However, Castro said he has not yet decided to run for governor.
“Election is far. We have to perform our mandated task by delivering services to our constituents.
by Felipe V. Celino–Panay News
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