4 Kalinga agrarian scholars to graduate this year
TABUK CITY, Kalinga (23 February) -- Four scholarship grantees under the President Diosdado Macapagal Agrarian Scholarship Program (PDMASP) are candidates for graduation this school year.
According to Adeline Basiag, Department of Agrarian Reform Scholarship Coordinator for Kalinga, the scholars belonging to the third batch of grantees of the PDMASP are children of agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province. She said four other scholars are in third year college and one was given a year extension for shifting to another course.
Basiag identified the graduating scholars as Kimberly Tawatao, Joyce Tiguiing, Judee Randale Salibad, all taking up Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at the Kalinga-Apayao State College and Nike Gano taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Isabela State University in Echague, Isabela.
She said a scholar receives a total of P7,000.00 per semester: P1,500 for tuition fees, P1,000 monthly stipend, and P500 book allowance. The number of grantees is dependent on the number of slots given by DAR central office, she added.
"A qualified scholar must study in government state colleges or universities in the country preferably to enroll in agriculture related courses," Basiag stressed.
She said the program is temporarily stopped but DAR is considering adopting a ladderized form of education for its grantees. She explained that they will have an assessment this April to push for the continuation of the program under a new scheme for the fourth batch.
To assure that grantees maintain good scholastic performance, Basiag said they monitor them regularly, checking their cards during enrolment, in between periodical examinations and end of semester, and sometimes call them at DAR office for some guidance. DAR is also member of the defense panel when the scholars defend their thesis. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]