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7 Kalinga students avail of OPAPP-CHED scholarship

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- Out of the 100 scholarship slots opened by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for rebel returnee beneficiaries nationwide, the province of Kalinga was able to avail of seven slots for school year 2008-2009.

This was gathered from Eusebia Haddac, Coordinator in-Charge of the Rebel Returnee Program of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO).

Haddac said four are currently enrolled at the Kalinga- Apayao State College (KASC) of which two are taking up Bachelor of Arts, one BS Commerce and one BEEd. The three others are studying at the St. Louis College Bulanao, University of St. Louis Tuguegaro and Isabela State University.

Haddac informed that seven more slots await interested applicants thus those qualified in the province are encouraged to immediately submit the needed requirements to the PSWDO for immediate processing to avail of said scholarship opportunity.

To qualify, Haddac said that applicants should be currently enrolled in a four-year course with a general average of 80% and above with no line of seven grade in all subjects.

To avail, applicants must complete the following documents: certificate of amnesty, a copy of High School Diploma, marriage contract of parents, the applicant's certificate of live birth, medical certificate, accomplished scholarship application, bio-data, 4 copies of 2x2 ID pictures, personal letter of intent, certification from the MSWDO, certificate of good moral character, form 138 and original copy of latest grades college. All forms should be in two sets.

According to Haddac, aside from the new grantees, eight more students are currently enjoying their scholarships to include four nursing students, two Bachelor of Education students, one medical technology student and one Bachelor of Arts student. Two of them will be graduating this year.

With the OPAPP-Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Study Grant Program for Rebel Returnees, rebel returnees and their immediate families could now avail of college scholarship as part of the government's social integration program to encourage more rebels to put down their arms and start life anew.

Through this program, the government provides education assistance in the amount of P5,000.00 per semester to help rebel returnees and their beneficiaries earn their college diploma for them to acquire gainful and more productive livelihood after graduation, Haddac said. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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