Cubao diocese to provide scholarships to drug war orphans
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DIOCESE OF CUBAO
MANILA— A Catholic diocese in Metro Manila is working on a scholarship program for the other victims of the government’s brutal drug war: the orphans.
Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said the program will give the destitute children orphaned by drug-related killings or left without a breadwinner the opportunity to apply for scholarship.
“I am creating a scholarship fund to finance the schooling of children left orphaned by the victims of these violence,” Ongtioco said in a pastoral exhortation issued on Friday.
The prelate said the orphans will be enrolled in the parochial schools of the diocese, as he called on the faithful to support the program.
“Education is our gift to help them secure a more promising future. You can bring your donation to your parishes or in the diocese,” he said.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has earlier appealed to the faithful to contribute for the support and the schooling of the orphaned children and the sustenance of their families.
Heeding the call of the CBCP, Ongtioco also asked all the parishes in the diocese to sound their bells and pray for the dead every day at 8pm for 40 days from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1.
“We can also light candles for the dead. Light candles in front of your homes, in cemeteries, or in the places where victims have fallen to the senseless killings,” he said. CBCPNews