Hingyon LGU establishes educational assistance program
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Hingyon, Ifugao (16 February) -- In an effort to reach out to poor but deserving secondary students, the local government unit established a tertiary education assistance program called the Hingyon Assistance to Collegiate Education (HI-ACE) Program.
Mayor Ramon Tinawi said that it is the policy of the municipal government here to provide opportunities for collegiate education especially to poor but deserving students here.
With a total amount of P5,000.00 per semester primarily to pay for tuition and other miscellaneous fees, Tinawi disclosed that there are 16 beneficiaries who are already enjoying this program of the LGU.
Section 04 of Municipal Ordinance No. 03 supporting this program states that there shall be established by the Municipal Government of Hingyon a Tertiary Education Assistance Fund for poor but deserving high school students who wish to pursue a four-year college education in any of the tertiary schools of the Cordillera Region, and the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Isabela.
Vice Mayor Lolita Habiling said that the applicants have to meet the following criteria: the annual gross income of the family shall not exceed P75,000.00; the applicant must be permanent resident of Hingyon municipality; must have graduated from a recognized secondary school here; must belong to the top 20% of the graduating class and/or with a general average of 80% and above; must pass the qualifying examination. The grantee must not be a recipient of any other scholarships or grants; Valedictorians and salutatorians, if he meets the basic criteria for availment.
Habiling also said that there are also grounds for termination such as completion of the course; dropping from school or dropping of subjects/except for reasons beyond the grantees control; having a grade lower than 80% or failure in any one subject; shifting or course/degree; failure to enroll the minimum number of units required in any given semester; failure to submit the required documents at the end of every semester; marriage during the pendency of the grant and commission of unlawful or immoral acts. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]