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Civic group Charity First Foundation assured its continuing support to students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

Officials of Charity First met with PLM President Emmanuel Leyco on Friday, March 24 in a courtesy visit. In the meeting, the group assured the University of the sustained provision of scholarship grants to poor but deserving undergraduate students.

Charity First started providing scholarships to PLM students in 2002 and has since expanded the program over the last 20 years. Currently, there are 43 Charity First scholars in PLM who receive a grant worth P18,000 per term and they are looking to expand the number of scholarship beneficiaries in the University.

Undergraduate tuition fees are free as provided by Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.

Charity First is a socio-civic group composed of Chinese-Filipino businessmen and businesswomen advocating the provision of aid to sectors in need.

"On behalf of the PLM community, I express our utmost gratitude to Charity First Foundation for their unwavering support to our students," President Leyco said.

"Our partnership is effective as both PLM and Charity First are dedicated to the common goal of serving the public and the nation," he added.

The group's "From the Streets to the Campus" program targets qualified by financially deprived college students. To date, Charity First has more than 300 scholars across eight partner institutions and has produced 654 graduates across various fields.