Dependents of Fallen 44 receive scholarship grants

By Leizel Lacastesantos, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Mar 13 2015 05:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2015 01:04 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A memorandum of agreement (MOA) extending educational benefits to the dependents of the 44 fallen commandos of Philippine National Police - Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) was signed between a private school and Zamboanga City Police Office on Friday.

The certificates of scholarship were personally handed by the President of Southern City Colleges, Edwin Caliolio to the City Police before these were turned over to the representative of the 5th Special Action Batallion.

Merlyn Gamutan, the widow of Police Inspector Joey Gamutan, one of the Fallen 44, who served as witness during the signing of memorandum said that the program is a big help for her daughters.

The MOA covers full scholarship grant from high school to college. The grantees can also take any course of their choice from Southern City Colleges.

Other than the Fallen 44, the scholarship program also covers the legitimate dependents of PNP based in Zamboanga City who died or is rendered permanently incapacitated in line of duty as determined by proper authority.