313 EAP grantees receive stipends
Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- After keeping up with the requirements of the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), 313 grantees for the second semester of 2007 in the province received their P5,000.00 check allowance for total of more than P1.5 million during the EAP Orientation held recently.
According to NCIP-CAR Chief Administrative Officer Nora Chulipa, these grantees are the first to receive the increased EAP fund that added another P1,500.00 from the previous P3,500.00 allowance for each grantee.
With this development, Chulipa appealed for the grantees to work harder in their academic performances to keep with their obligations as recipients urging them "to aim for a much higher grade."
Informing the grantees of the EAP's new modified disbursement scheme, Chulipa said that they are now stricter in the implementation of the scholarship scheme advising grantees to immediately submit all requirements such as their certificate of enrollment, registration form, certificate of billing and certificate of final grades before the year ends to facilitate the release of financial assistance.
Delay of submission she said could mean losing the chance of receiving any financial assistance considering that the fund may be reverted to the national treasury if not liquidated or obligated by the end of the year.
As a new scheme to immediately deliver the grantees' allowances, Chulipa said that the Land Bank of the Philippines has given consideration to the EAP with the provision of "special cards" to all grantees to withdraw their money from any ATM machine.
The card she said is valid for three years and could be reactivated. However, she said that card could not be used as a regular ATM account since this is for withdrawal purposes only.
NCIP Kalinga Director Natividad Sugguiyao on the other hand reminded the grantees the conditions to continue enjoying their scholarship grant. First she said is that grantees are not allowed to have two government scholarship grants.
A grantee she said should submit genuine and not tampered documents else a grant will be immediately terminated aside from the offense that the person will be liable in accordance with the law.
He or she should not incur two failures regardless of units, no dropped subject, incomplete or no final examination comments on his final grade in a semester while maintaining the prescribed 18 units per semester with at least an average grade of 81% and above.
A grantee must not also fail to enroll for one semester and must notify the NCIP if she or he has plans to shift course, transfer school, incurred serious illness or defer the enjoyment of grants. The education assistance will also automatically end upon graduation of the grantee.
Tribal war she said is not accepted as a reason for a grantee to defer the grant saying that only "very reasonable" causes are accepted in accordance with the terms of the EAP.
Meanwhile, NCIP Central Office representative Miss Julie Akia stressed the main purpose of said educational assistance recounting how the scholarship scheme originated in Kalinga. This she said is a way of the government to have the indigenous communities like Kalinga join the "mainstream" by accessing them through education.
With this, she challenged the grantees to be "partners in development".
"Soon you will be educated. Wherever you go, whatever you will become, we hope that you will find it in your heart that you are IPs (Indigenous Peoples'), and have obligations in your cultural communities," she said.
Dr. Caroline Agyao, who represented his father Congressman Manuel Agyao, also urged the recipients to take advantage of the opportunity and strive and "aspire to become professionals" to someday become productive citizens of the community and the country.
Said grant is being funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund of the Congressman. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]