THE city government of Makati will give P100,000 each to the families of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) slain in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.
Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. on Wednesday said the city government will also offer scholarships at the city-run University of Makati (UMak) to children of the fallen commandos.
SAF members who were wounded and survived the clash with members of the separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will be given P50,000 each.
“This is our humble way of honoring and showing our heartfelt gratitude for these heroes who remained true to their duty of safeguarding peace in our land up to their last breath. We express our deepest sympathy to their families,” Binay said.
“We are opening the doors of the University of Makati to the children who have lost their fathers, especially those who are about to graduate from high school or are in college but may be hard up because of financial constraints,” he added.
The University of Makati is the first local university in the country to be ISO-certified.
It offers various courses through its ten colleges that include Arts and Sciences, Allied Health Studies, Business Administration, Education, and Technology Management.
In 2013, Makati also granted full scholarship to Typhoon Yolanda survivors through the Makati Consortium for Educational Scholars (Maces) of UMak. To date, there are 10 full scholars enroled in the program.
Makati has long been extending its support and welfare services beyond city limits, in line with the city leadership’s advocacy for inclusive development and equal access to opportunities for growth.
It has been giving medical assistance to non-residents through the Ospital ng Makati, while its public schools from pre-school up to college levels have been providing quality education to thousands of non-residents from neighboring localities and from the provinces.