College students in Yolanda-hit areas get P5k cash grants

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2017 01:05 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2017 09:04 PM

Students enrolled in state universities and colleges in areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda will each receive a "one-time cash assistance" this school year from the government, an education official said Tuesday.

"An additional P5,000 financial assistance will be given to students enrolled in Yolanda-affected areas," Commission on Higher Education commissioner Prospero De Vera said in a press conference.

De Vera admitted the educational cash assistance came 3 years late as the super typhoon ravaged parts of Visayas in 2013.

He said the funds were sourced from the P540 million "residual money from Yolanda funds that were not utilized in 2016."

"It is a one-time cash assistance that is long overdue but we want to make sure we will expedite the release," he said.

The money is expected to be disbursed by the universities to students starting this month, he added.

In November, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his frustration over the lack of housing and other assistance for Typhoon Yolanda victims, saying he will fire any government employee who further delays these projects.

The super typhoon that was considered as one of the strongest displaced thousands of Filipinos and left more than 7,000 dead after battering the country in November 2013.