Mankayan, Benguet: Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) has allotted P7.3 million for its Lepanto Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) for its scholars enrolled in various universities and colleges within the region taking up technical-vocational and college degree courses. LCMC spokeswoman Joann Gatchalian said Lepanto also offers scholarships for Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering and Geology. Villager Flores Sacpa of Barangay Cabiten here is a proud father of two LEAP graduates–Clyntt and Claire. Clyntt finished Agricultural Engineering and, like many other LEAP graduates, now works with Lepanto. Claire finished Secondary Education, cum laude, and now works in Baguio City. Both are helping their parents send their other siblings to school. LEAP has graduated 516 indigent students from the municipalities of Mankayan, Benguet and Cervantes and Quirino in Ilocos Sur since 2004. On average, LEAP has 450 to 500 college scholars every year, of whom about 100 graduated.