CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- Vice Governor Dennis Pineda on Friday urged 5,568 college scholars of the provincial government to stay away from illegal drugs and encourage other youths in schools and communities to do the same.

The vice governor made the call before the distribution of checks worth PHP3,000 to each of the scholars.

Governor Lilia Pineda and the provincial board, headed by the governor, approved the amount of PHP16.7 million for the Expanded Educational Financial Assistance Program (EEFAP) to 5,568 students for School Year ‎2017-2018.

"You should not be hooked on vices especially on illegal drugs. You won’t achieve your goals. Tell your friends, classmates and relatives about the ill effects of drugs. This is the only request the Governor and I are asking from you," Pineda said, addressing the scholars gathered at the Bren Z. Guiao Grandstand here.

“Focus on your studies. Prepare your future,” the vice governor added.

The students encashed the checks from Land Bank of the Philippines personnel deployed at the grandstand here.

The vice governor’s office facilitated the processing of scholarship of 2,048 students.

Another 593 scholars are enrolled at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University. At least 330 are children of Nanay Community Volunteers; 57 are of day care workers; 135 of solo parents; while 85 are persons with disabilities.

Provincial Board members endorsed 2,310 scholars from four districts of the province. They were screened based on grades and family income.  

The PHP3,000 can only be used to buy books, uniforms, school supplies or part of tuition. (PNA)