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ARMM grants scholarship to top 10 graduates in Tukanalipao

Cotabato City (30 March 2015) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has awarded full college scholarships to the top ten graduates of the Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamamasapano town, Maguindanao on Monday.

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said the scholarship grant is part of their efforts to invest in the education of deserving youths in the region, especially those in conflict-affected communities.

He said the graduates from Tukanalipao are the first group of recipients of ARMM’s Academic Investment for Muslim Mindanao (AIMM) scholarship program, which entitles grantees full four-year scholarship in the college or university of their choice.

Aside from the tuition and miscellaneous fees covered by AIMM, scholars are also entitled to receive transportation allowance.

Hataman personally handed the scholarship grants during Monday’s graduation ceremony, where he delivered an inspiration speech.

He emphasized the importance of education in attaining peace and urged the 49 graduates to pursue their dreams no matter the odds.

“Ang susi sa kapayapaan ay isang magandang buhay at hindi tayo titigil hanggang hindi gaganda ang inyong buhay,” he said.

Meanwhile, the class valedictorian, Norombai Utto, 17, said she wishes that every day is a graduation day because there is no military operation.

In her valedictory address, she said: “Itigil po ninyo ang gyera. Sa halip na kaguluhan ang inyong suportahan, sana po sa edukasyon po kayo mamuhunan, at nang kaalaman at hindi takot ang maging pundasyon ng kapayapaan ng ating bayan.”

In addition to the scholarship grant, ARMM also provided P600,000 worth of books to the Hadji Salik Kalaing National High School and would be putting up a P3.5 million, three-classroom building as part of the school’s rehabilitation. BPI-ARMM

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