Cebu City increases incentives to public school honor graduates
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City government has amended an ordinance giving incentives to public school students, who graduate with honors, to serve as an encouragement for students to study more diligently.
Councilor Alvin Dizon proposed an amendment to Ordinance No. 2454 or An Ordinance Providing Incentives to Cebu City Public School Honor Graduates.
Dizon said that in an educational setting, the use of incentives for academic achievement would reinforce positive behavior towards learning and the recognition provided to honor graduates in public schools in Cebu City would help encourage students to excel in their studies
In the previous ordinance, valedictorians receive P3,000, salutatorians receive P2,000, first honorable mentions receive P1,000, while second to eight honorable mentions receive P500 each.
“Realities have changed since the passage of the Ordinance in 2016 and there is a need to make adjustments on the amount of cash incentives to be given to students who graduate with honors factoring inflation,” said Dizon.
With the passing of the amendment, valedictorians are now entitled to P6,000, salutatorians get P4,000, first honorable mentions get P3,000, and second to eighth honorable mentions will get P3,000 each.
This means that honor students in public schools will get double the cash incentives than their predecessors.
The Local School Board is expected to implement this amendment and facilitate the distribution of the cash incentives to the beneficiaries.
Under the ordinance, the schools must provide the final list of honor graduates to the LSB at least 15 days before graduation.
The ordinance amendment is expected to be implemented in the next graduation season.
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