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All graduating first honor students in public elementary schools and grade 10 completers in public high schools in this city will be granted cash incentives by the local government of Tabaco City.

Councilor John Gio Bonga, chairman of the committee on education and youth of the city council said through ordinance No.011 series of 2016, the local government has allocated half a million pesos to first honor students in the elementary and secondary levels of “small, medium and large schools.”

He said the message they want to impart is that students are not being paid for what they are expected to do but the cash incentive is for the hard work that goes with attaining exemplary academic ratings.

“The financial grant will be handed to the students on the day of their graduation,” said Bongao.

He said a first honor student from a small elementary school is entitled to receive PHP5,000, medium school–PHP7,000.00 and large school–PHP10,000. In a public secondary school, a first honor from a small school will receive PHP10,000, medium school– PHP15,000 and large school–PHP20,000.

Bongao said the local government is encouraging many deserving students to understand the value of working hard in class.

He said the school officials are responsible in certifying and identifying honor students who could qualify for the cash grants.

Bongao, however, said it is too soon yet to tell whether the incentive program will have a lasting effect on the students’ academic performance or if they will retain their first honor status in the years to come. (PNA) FPV/GVR/MDR/CBD